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The Truth May Make Enemies


"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" (Gal.4:16). "When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly wrong" (Gal.2:11).

Sometimes examples need to be shown to us before we are able to comprehend the gravity of following the truth. In today's 2nd verse, we find Paul opposing Peter face to face. More powerful Jews within the church were forcing Gentile converts to follow Jewish customs, especially circumcision of adult males. Though on the surface this may not have seemed to be a big deal, it would represent a step backwards instead of forward... Jews were supposed to act like Christians, as were Gentile converts, and not followers of the Mosaic law. In Acts 8:18-23, Peter rebuked Simon the sorcerer when he saw the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit and tried to buy it... The apostle John openly rebuked Diotrephes by name for the sin he had committed in III Jn 9. Paul suggested this to Timothy; "Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that others may take warning" (I Tim.5:20). All of this teaching reinforces that the preaching of the truth may make enemies. Moses tried to be a friend to Pharoah by telling him the truth (Ex.10:28-29) but Pharoah hated him for it. Elijah was pursued by the hatred and enmity of the wicked Jezebel because he was a stalwart defender of the truth in I Kings 18:17-19, while the enemies of Jesus feared the truth of the resurrection so much that they bribed the soldiers on guard to falsify information. Herod and Herodias hated the truth so much that they beheaded John the Baptist for preaching it. Here's one that ought really to make us think... King Ahab said this of the prophet Micaiah; "There is still one man (Micaiah) through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad" (I Kings 22:8). Is that an example of the truth hurting, or what? The greatest fault in the religious world is all about folks trying to change the Bible to fit them rather than changing themselves to fit the truth of God's Word.... Sometimes, making an enemy might not be completely bad....

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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