When YHWH takes pleasure in anyone’s way, He causes their enemies to make peace with them. – Proverbs 16:7
I’ve always heard, and experience has affirmed, that serving Christ is not a popularity contest. It isn’t.
I’ve at times heard, and experience has also affirmed, the difficulty of ministry. Serving the Lord can be difficult sometimes.
I’ve seen and experienced conflict, strife, and opposition. Every “family” has a little from time to time and this includes the family of God.
Yet, in all that experience, somehow, I had managed to miss the biblical truth expressed by Solomon above. If God is pleased with my “path,” then He will bring those who oppose it to my side (either in defeat, agreement, or surrender).
We need to always be sure that when we find ourselves in a conflict, we also find ourselves on God’s side of that conflict. Though God’s side may be a theological position, it also is an ethical one. If our ideas and ways (behaviors, methods) are pleasing to the Lord, then He can receive the glory (no matter the outcome). Though a brother or sister in Christ may oppose you, they will find it hard to dislike you, if you look like Jesus.
Peace if possible, but truth at any rate. – Martin Luther