Dichotomy Series – Enmity
en·mi·ty – /enmitē/ : positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
My uncle Tim, used to explain it to me like this. He said, “It’s like I have two dogs inside of me, a good one and an evil one. They are at war with each other, and do you want to know which one is winning? The one I feed the most.” It’s a pretty simple illustration, and it’s really hard to not instantly relate to it. All of us at one time or another have been pulled between two extremes. I remember sitting with a young man, quite a few years ago, as he told me the story of putting a gun into his glove box with the intention of taking another man’s life in an act of retribution and revenge. I listened as he told me the inner struggle that had consumed his every thought for days. I had known this guy for quite a while, and I would have considered him a model citizen, a role model even. But here he was telling me that he had nearly murdered a man. Talk about a dichotomy. Fortunately, this story ended with the young man having somewhat of an extreme God encounter and discovering the amazing power of forgiveness.
More than likely, you haven’t sat in a dark room planning how to get away with murder, but I wouldn’t bet money on that. :) The point is, we have within us a selfish nature that wants its every desire met regardless of the cost, whether that cost is our own or the cost of someone else. That nature will lie, steal, rape, murder, hate, and war to get what it wants. People who constantly feed this nature, which the Bible often refers to as the carnal nature or the flesh nature, will ultimately find themselves in desolate places of moral depravity. Fortunately, we aren’t all bad. We have another nature within us too. It’s called a conscience. That innate compass that always lets us know that when our actions are destructive to ourselves and those around us. This conscience, or this Divine spark, is where benevolence comes from. It’s where selflessness comes from. It’s the seed of love that has potential to be as extremely good as the flesh nature can be extremely bad. These two natures are at war with each other. They can never coincide in harmony, and will never be satisfied with the territory they currently hold. Both natures are constantly trying to gain ground and win complete control within us. Which one wins? Maybe it is just the one I feed the most.
As a believer, I have more than a conscience. I also have the Holy Spirit living within me. His nature is entirely good and tips the scale way over into the favor of that ‘love’ nature. There is a remarkable passage of scripture in Galatians chapter 5 that illustrates this much better than I am able to.
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. – Gal. 5:16-17amp
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