“Am I Your Enemy?”

“Am I Your Enemy?”

The apostle Paul asked this question of the Galatians (see Gal. 4:16). Evidently, some of them were upset because he spoke the truth of the Gospel to them and would not let them get away with ignoring the inherent implications of that Gospel. I suspect, given Paul’s pastoral heart, that he was aching over the poor reception of the truth. So naturally, he toned down his message, right? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? We don’t want to run the risk of offending anyone with the truth, do we? Well, that is one approach many take. But Paul’s question was rhetorical. His point was that he was not their enemy because he told them the truth, but rather that they needed to listen to and embrace the truth that he told them. Somebody or something needed to change, and it wasn’t Paul, and it certainly wasn’t his message that needed adjusting.

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