Lack of repentance oftentimes is due to a prideful spirit. This prideful spirit can be associated with the Spirit of Edom.
When reading Obadiah 1:3, Elohim is telling Edom that “The arrogance (pride) “zedon” of your heart has deceived you.” Elohim is going to bring judgement upon Edom (Esau) because of his violence as it says, “Because of violence “chamas” to your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame, and you will be cut off forever.”
People are at times offended or wronged by another or perhaps they have been the one doing the offending. Edom was not interested in self-examination or in consideration of others. Being caught up in reflecting on our own hurt or our own justice, not the justice of God, positions us to self-define justice. Had Edom repented like Nineveh he would have been spared. His pride and violence prevented it.
The Hebrew word for violence is “chamas” and at its core means lack of justice and righteousness. If we are to prevent the spirit of Edom from rising up within us, we must subdue it and cut it off. For the spirit of Edom wants nothing to do with righteous justice.
Repenting for our sins and seeking righteous justice with our brother leads to repairing broken relationships with all those we have sinned against or offended. The justice and righteousness of God will cause us to seek reconciliation.
May we be a people continually seeking to overturn “chamas” that destroys relationships. If we are willing to examine ourselves and cut off a prideful spirit, God’s word can then establish righteous justice.