Am I therefore become your enemy?

In Galatians 4, Paul is confronting the Christians in Galatia about their view of the law. Apparently, some Jews had persisted in the idea that salvation still required obedience to the rules and regulations of the law. These Jews thought they had to earn their salvation! God made it abundantly clear that no one ever earned their salvation, not even Abraham, and Paul was trying to tell them.

In the middle of Paul’s letter he exclaims, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” – Galatians 4:16

There are times in each our lives when we must feel what Paul may have felt when he was trying to teach these new Christians. When our friends make wrong choices and we wish to help, and they turn on us, not realizing that we wished only to spare them from harm.

No matter what happens or how a person reacts, when you speak the truth to them in love, you are never their enemy. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Even the Bible suggest that the truth hurts, but it tells us that it will set us free.

So my friend, don’t ever shirk from telling the truth to a friend when they need it. Be kind in the way you tell them, but if the truth is required, then give it. A doctor knows that telling a patient of his disease will “hurt” him, but he also knows that if they use the truth he gives, then they will  have healing.

You cannot control how a person reacts to the truth. They may reject it, but you should not withhold good when it is in your power to do it. Your duty is to love them. A misdiagnosis would make a patient feel better, but it is not love.

Telling someone the truth may feel like you’re becoming their enemy, but that is not the case. Sharing the truth out of love is only the work of a true friend.

 

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