Day 88/260: Read Galatians 4
Have you ever had a difference of opinion with a friend? How did that disagreement affect your relationship? Are you still friends?
When it comes to religious matters, there are opinions, but there are also facts. If we disagree on opinion, it should not be a huge issue. Even within the church, opinions should never harm our relationships with our brothers and sisters.
When it comes to facts, however, we cannot disagree. The things that God revealed through His Spirit in the Word are facts. We must be in harmony on matters of truth.
Paul asked, “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” Sadly, that is often the case. When one parts from the once-for-all revealed faith, when they make themselves the enemies of God, then we have no choice in the matter.
We are exhorted to “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3). In so doing, we will make enemies. We should never be ugly about what the truth is, but we must not compromise.
We can still love one another, and treat each other civilly, and look for opportunities to restore the one who has fallen away, but when all is said and done, we are enemies.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Galatians 2:20. I have been __________ with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but __________ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by __________ in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Pray for those who have made themselves enemies of God by accepting false doctrine.