“When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.” Galatians 2:11.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 16-18, Psalm 38, and Galatians 2.
Paul’s reputation for being a hard guy to get along with probably came from this incident with Peter.
Paul could have been respectful to one of the original disciples, but he just couldn’t do it. The truth needed to be told. A wrong had to be ferreted out. And Paul spoke up.
The Christian community is so often tolerant of wrongs. We are fearful of calling something wrong because it might offend someone or turn them away from us. We don’t want to forfeit a listening audience. But at what expense?
We end up standing for nothing. We water down, or under-emphasize, what we believe. Before long, the church and the Elks Club have everything in common!
Obviously, the starting point is to be filled with God’s Spirit. We can’t be running off at the mouth without that in place. But if we are filled, and wrongs appear, or misguided programs are suggested, we MUST take action. Maybe it’s a letter. Maybe it’s a Pauline face-to-face.
“Lord, I want to rightly represent You wherever I am. I want to speak Your Truth in a Godly loving way. Help me not to forget that You are the source of every good thing and that I must not let evil get passed off as good. Help me, Father. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Will you confront what is wrong in your life? How about in others’ lives? Better go about it in a Godly fashion!