“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16)
Paul’s experience with the Christians in Galatia reminds us that we often make enemies of our friends when
we tell them the truth. The apostle had introduced these people to the Lord and nurtured them in the faith.
But later when false teachers infiltrated their Christian assemblies, Paul had to warn believers that they
were forsaking Christ for the law. That caused them to become hostile toward their father in the faith.
It was also true in Old Testament times. Elijah was always honest and forthright in his messages to Ahab.
Yet one day when Ahab met him, he said, “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?” (1 Ki. 18:17). “Troubleth
Israel”? Why, Elijah was one of the best friends Israel ever had! But his thanks for being faithful was to be
denounced as a troublemaker.
Micaiah was another fearless prophet. When Jehoshaphat asked if there was a prophet of the Lord whom
they could consult, the king of Israel said, “There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we
may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” The king
didn’t want the truth, and hated the one who spoke it to him.
In the New Testament we find John the Baptist telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s
wife” (Mk. 6:18 NIV). It was true, but such courageous handling of the truth soon led to John’s execution.
Our Lord stirred up the hatred of the unbelieving Jews. What caused this hatred? It was because He had
told them the truth. He said, “But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth” (John 8:40).
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If you meant to escape malice, you should have confined yourself within the
sleepy line of regular duty. There are two sides to every question, and if you take one with decision and act
on it with effect, those who take the other will, of course, be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect.”
The truth often hurts. Instead of bowing to it, men often curse the one who speaks it. The true servant of
the Lord has already counted this cost. He must speak the truth or die. He knows that the wounds of a
friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Prov. 27:6).
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Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Mark Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, Setember 25, 2016.
Mark and his wife Karen are the parents of four
boys. After serving as missionaries in Vienna,
Austria and working among Iranian and Afghan
refugees during fourteen years, Mark currently
is employed by State Farm in Bloomington,
Illinois where the family resides. Their son Caleb
and wife Brittney are missionaries in Viena.
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