Happiness doesn’t rhyme with anamosity (but a lot of things do)

When the velocity of animosity exceeds the speeds of kindness, of understanding, and of truth, we’re all in trouble. Animosity reduces luminosity, until the light in our heart grows dim and in our darkness we think we’re right.

Where there’s much anamosity, there’s little jocosity (joyful humor). Continual anamosity leads to callosity of the heart.

The reciprocity of animosity benefits neither side. When pomposity feels threatened, it lashes out in animosity.

The voluminosity of anamosity today can be overwhelming. Too much animosity is being mixed with religiosity.

Strenuosity (intense energy) isn’t enough to overcome animosity. It requires forgiving the people you have taken offense at.

If you create animosity in people, you shouldn’t be surprised when they attack you. Unchecked animosity in human hearts eventually leads to atrocity. The verbosity of animosity is making a mess of American politics. Unrestrained animosity, whether from the right or the left, leads to a government monstrosity overflowing with ferocity.

Nursing animosity isn’t heroic behavior. If you won’t make your point without animosity and attack, you have little chance of convincing people who disagree with you.

What people are filled with flows out of them in how they talk about other people. Feelings don’t randomly occur. They’re constructed by your ongoing thoughts and behaviors. You feel the way you think and act. Too often our hostile emotions are freed to run full force, like an unmanned fire hose flipping forcefully in every direction.

Although you’re born with DNA in a life full of many uncontrollable circumstances, your thoughts and choices shape your character. People who flop around spewing their negative feelings at others, surrender their power to choose, to their whims.

To say that you want peace, while constructing hostility with your words, thoughts and actions, is a contradiction. De-escalate your anger and you’ll feel much better. Cruelty (in words or deeds) to any person, disrespects all human life. Unfortunately, cruelty is sometimes legalized and accepted as normal (slavery and abortion).

“They,” they say, as they make conspiracist accusations against them. But they confuse me. Who do they think “they” are?

Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” If I’m not doing that, I need to repent. The living Jesus wants to supernaturally change your perspective, clear up your understanding, and heal your heart.

At the most divisive time in American history (Civil War and race-based slavery) Lincoln spoke “with malice toward none.” Learn practical ways to overcome anamosity in my book: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. Thank you.

“With malice toward none, with charity for all . . .”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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