When we enter a polarised debate, where each side looks at the other as the enemy, then war can enter our hearts.
As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises.Psalm 55:20
Polarisation can divide friends. We see someone who was once a companion in our pilgrimage with Jesus. For whatever reason we find ourselves on opposite sides accusing the other of breaking their commitments.
His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war.Psalm 55:21
Since the players are godly people, their words are smooth as butter. They try to behave themselves. But there is a problem – In each heart is war, and war seeps out. So, the words might be contained and measured, but ultimately the real intent will come out.
His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!
When war is in the heart, no matter how reasoned what is spoken, it conceals a dagger and the intent is violence. A self-righteous urge to force the other to their side of the division.
When I find such thoughts coming into my mind (how embarrassing), I must recognise that I have made an idol of “my” side. I have made my position more important than the love of Jesus, who loves these people whom I find myself treating as enemies!