So, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? – Galatians 4:16
Everywhere he went, Paul seemed to either make converts or enemies, and sometimes it might have been hard to tell them apart!
As Paul went about accomplishing the mission given to him by Christ Jesus, he often battled the influence of the Judaizers (those who claimed Jesus as Messiah, but still held to keeping all elements of the Mosaic law). We know from Paul’s letter that they were certainly making inroads into the Galatian church and when he confronted them about their return to “law-keeping,” they apparently took offense.
In a similar fashion, many Christians (who have come to faith by encountering God’s truth as it is revealed in His Word) become angry and offended when that same truth is rightly (lovingly) applied to their actions.
In those moments when we find ourselves on the receiving end of a well-intentioned, truth-infused correction, we must destroy every ounce of our flesh that resists it. For though a proper rebuke may be painful, it is crucial to our continued sanctification and growth in Christ Jesus.
The best way to avoid going downhill is to stay off the slope. – Woodrow Kroll