Why do we ‘bite and devour’ one another? Why do we continue to repeat the same mistakes of history, even when we know them
Galatians 5:15 (NKJV)
15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
People love to say, “If you don’t know your history, you are condemned to repeat it.”
However, simply knowing history and even learning ‘what happened’ does not prevent us from going down those same paths to destruction.
God continually reminded Israel of the mistakes of their ‘fathers’, but they continued to ‘repent then repeat’, sometimes only one generation later. Go back and read Psalm 78, 1st and 2nd Chronicles and 1st and 2nd Kings.
James 4:1-6 (NKJV)
4 Where do [a]wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires forpleasure (A)that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and [b]war. [c]Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 (B)You ask and do not receive, (C)because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 [d]Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that (D)friendship with the world is enmity with God? (E)Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, (F)“The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”
The one lesson from history that we never seem to learn is to control our emotions.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV)
31 (A)Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [a]clamor, and (B)evil speaking be put away from you, (C)with all malice. 32 And (D)be kind to one another, tenderhearted, (E)forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.