Nothing will make enemies for you like telling the truth. Even when people ask you for it, they often don’t really mean it. They want to hear you say what will tickle their fancy, make them feel justified in their actions, make them feel…right. The minute you tell someone they are wrong, and it is the truth, all hell breaks loose. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 4:16 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
In this book of the Bible, Paul spends most of his time explaining to the Galatians that they are no longer under the law but now live under God’s saving grace.* Because many of the Galatians made up their minds, however, that salvation is also tied to good works, they were not receiving Apostle Paul’s message very well. Just think about how we feel when someone tells us that something we have thought to be true all of our lives is false. Grown folks, especially, when greeted with ideas that challenge their beliefs often meet those ideas — and the people carrying them — with opposition. This is what Paul is experiencing in this text, and it is also what we as believers will experience when you live for Christ in a world where the devil prowls the earth seeking whom he may devour. Our world is becoming increasingly morally corrupt by the day, and know that when you speak up for what is right and truthful according to the Word of God, you will make enemies. Just remember what we learned in one of our previous devotionals: “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if i yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10 KJV). Let us serve the Lord.
*(Side note: “No longer being under the law” does not mean that the laws no longer exist or that they do not apply to them. It means no longer seeking to please God by works of the law in the sense that works of the law are not what saves one’s soul.)
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