• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 8, 2021

Daily Reading: Galatians 4-6

Galatians 4:16

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

To many the answer to this question is yes. “Yes, you have become my enemy because you have told me the truth.” However, few are so self-aware that they would admit this. For if that truth which they are told was seen, accepted, or known as truth to them they would live in it; not fight it.

Parents become the enemy to their child because they dare tell them the truth. Employers become the enemy to some employees because they dare tell them the truth about their job performance or abilities. Politicians become the enemy because they dare tell the unvarnished or politically unacceptable truth to the citizenry. Likewise, preachers and pastors become the enemy for telling the truth to their listeners.

Jeremiah said in his day: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:31) In Jeremiah’s day, Israel went into bondage to Babylon; that is what happened in the end thereof for them. When God’s people would rather hear a lie than the truth bad things happen. The Bible proves this, church history proves this, human history proves this, and future events will again prove this. For it is evident that today many would rather hear a lie than to have to listen to the truth.

Paul told Timothy: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (II Timothy 3:13). The number that will gladly perpetrate a lie instead of boldly proclaiming the truth is unusually large. After all, how can one build a following by telling them the truth all the time, especially when the truth is opposed to their thinking and manner of life.

So, the next time someone “tells you the truth” instead of immediately making them an enemy consider that which they told you. It may be truth, or it may not, that is for you to determine. It may be that your enemy is your best friend. After all, Proverbs 27:6 tells us this: Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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