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Works of the Flesh: Hatred (Enmities)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). The works of the flesh, listed in Galatians 5:19-21, are those actions and deeds which spring forth from within those who have not “crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires” (vs. 24). Not only are these done by the children of darkness who are under the power of Satan (Acts 26:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5), but unfortunately they also are sometimes performed by those who are supposed to be children of light. This is the very admonition of the apostle Paul to these Christians in the region of Galatia. He warns them that “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

This is serious business.

Among these particular works mentioned in verses 19-21, there is one which we shall turn our attention to in this study — it is ‘hatred’. Hatred comes from the Greek term ‘echthra’ (Strong’s, 2189) which means enmity. It is used 6 times in the KJV version of the New Testament. It is translated as ‘enmity’ five times (Luke 23:12; Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:15, 16; James 4:4), and as ‘hatred’ once (Galatians 5:20). Continue reading » Works of the Flesh: Hatred (Enmities)