Can you imagine ending a conversation with the line, "Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?" Many of us rarely ever take risks to boldly love others. Some don't build relational capital while others rarely cash in the relational capital they have. Is either true of you? In this passage in Galatians, we see Paul doing both. Paul's example is helpful to parents of how we can boldly love our teenagers and everyone boldly love those around them.
1 Kings 19:18 " Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him."
Many people are mentioned in 1 Kings 19. Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah, Elijah's servant, and those 7,000 who had not bowed the knee.
I. Lay Aside Falsehood
A. Pretending to be something we're not
Pretending to be Christians
Pretending to be more sanctified than we are
Pretending to be more knowledgeable than we are
Pretending to be dumber than we are
Pretending to be older or younger than we are
Pretending to be married with a boyfriend/girlfriend
Pretending to be richer or poorer than we are
Pretending to be someone's friend and then stabbing them in the back
Pretending to good motives
B. Exaggeration is lying
C. Dishonesty in buying and selling
D. Lying about scripture/twisting it
II. Be angry and do not sin
A. Be angry? Righteous and unrighteous anger
B. Do not let the sun go down - reconcile quickly if possible
C. Do not give the devil an opportunity through your unresolved anger
"And they called Rebekah and said to her, 'Will you go with this man?' She said, 'I will go.' So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, 'Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!'" (Genesis 24:58–60)