<<hatred, nastiness>>

It is intense bitterness and hatred that, if allowed to grow, causes major trouble especially if there is a deliberate attempt to harm another, either verbally through slander or physically (Heb 12:15). The Bible’s instruction is to “Rid yourselves of all malice…” (Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 2:1). This heart attitude of malice is contrary to the nature of God; if a person

Allow genuine love to replace this negative attitude

persists in living in such an ungodly way they will not inherit eternal life (Gal 5:19-21). The Bible is clear, love and hate can’t cohabit within (1 Jn 2:9-11, 3:14,15). This serious issue must be addressed. Instead of returning evil for evil, respond with a blessing (1 Pet 3:9). God’s way is the opposite to the way of this corrupt world (Mt 5:39-45). If we want to reap blessing and peace that is what we should be sowing (Gal 6:7).

See also: bitterness, envy, good will, hate, opposite spirit, resentment.