Truth – Defending it, Fighting for it, and Getting Hurt

God is great enough to defend Himself. In His sovereignty He wants His people to defend His truth and to fight for the faith and to hold on to what has been taught since to those entrusted with His words.
Paul understood this, which is why he wrote Galatians:
Galatians 1:9-10 NKJV
As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Jude wanted to write about what the saints had in common, but felt that he should write about something else:
Jude 1:3-4 NKJV
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

John spoke of loving more than anyone else, and he felt it necessary to confront false teachings:

3 John 1:9-10 NKJV
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
Consider the words written by Peter:

2 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Peter, who warned us of false teachers arising among us was confronted with his error by Paul out of love for Truth, and because his actions were leading others astray:

Galatians 2:11-13 NKJV
Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

They all did this out of love for God, His truth, and to see the saints walk in truth.
This is our job, to love God first, to love others in deeds and by addressing errors within the church.

“Love without truth has no character. Truth without love has no power.”

You will get hurt by loving.  Some people will mistake your love for judgement.  Some will say that you lack wisdom by speaking out.  Others won’t care for your love. Some might even cut you off or avoid you.

And we rejoice because we have a Savior who knows this and felt the same things!  We can continue to love because while we were unloving to Him, He died for us!
I encourage all saints to love in a way that best honors Him. Are we honoring Him if we say we love our family in Christ and not confront them about what is not aligned with His truth?

His peace.

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