” …all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7
How do these truths interact? I welcome your insight.
I notice that the proverb implies that a God-pleaser does have enemies.
Of this I am convinced: To think that Christians can live and speak responsibly without ever annoying those who oppose Biblical teaching is a mistaken expectation.
Is the best way to avoid irritating irritable people to avoid them?
Surely a partial protection comes from Jesus’ warning against throwing “pearls before swine.” Matthew 7:6 I’m paraphrasing that to “don’t toss truth to those unable to appreciate it and likely to trample it.”
Jesus didn’t avoid all “annoying” speech. He confronted those who taught as “doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15: 7-9 He confronted those who “shut up the kingdom of heaven” and those who would win a “proselyte” to make him “a son of hell….” Matthew 23:13-15
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.