Luke 5-6~ Day 25~ What's more important, being right or liked?
I was talking with a fellow believer yesterday. I feel quite comfortable with this person and the setting was one where no one could hear us, so I was blurting out my thoughts in a candid way!
Me: I can’t believe the law makers of New York felt good about their decision to legalize abortion up to the due date of a baby! What a scary day it will be for them on Judgement Day!
The other: Be careful how you word that when talking with other people! That comes across very strong!
Me: Are you kidding me? You are more concerned with how other people take what I say than you are with what will happen to those law makers on Judgement Day?
Well, I value this person’s insight so I became introspective and wondered how much can be said out loud. How guarded does one need to be in order to avoid conflict? My question is, how will people know the severity of Judgement Day if no one lets them know? Am I not to say anything out loud?
Should I just gently say, “Why don't you read Matthew 12:36, Acts 17:31, Corinthians 5:10, Hebrew 9:27 and 2 Peter 2:4-10. They are good verses to ponder!”
Would one really take the time to read those verses? Uhh….I would venture to say, no.
Therefore, I feel a sense of urgency and want to scream, “Watch out!!! You are in danger of burning in hell for eternity!!!” (Rev. 20:15) That’s much quicker! hahaha!
But seriously, I feel like Jesus gave me an answer in today’s reading to my questions I had last night. “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” (6:26)
Jesus may very well have been referring to the story found in Jeremiah. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah and told him that the kingdom of the north would attack, destroy and take all of Judah into captivity (Jer. 25). The people didn’t want to hear this doom and gloom message! Instead they preferred to listen to the false prophet Hananiah. He told the people God was going to destroy Babylon and bring back all the temple articles that had been taken.
Who wouldn’t want to believe the happy ending prophesy? Jeremiah had a great comeback however, “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.” (28:8) Well, needless to say, Hananiah’s prediction did not come true! The Lord took his life and the people of Judah went into captivity. God is dead serious when he predicts doom and gloom!
All that to say, I feel like God told me with Luke 6:26, go ahead and speak truth. Don’t worry how it will be perceived or whether people will like hearing it or not. Someone may hear it and turn from their ways! Speak truth. It’s up to God how one will take it. Don’t worry about being liked!
In fact, woe to you, if everyone speaks well of you! 😳