Making an Impact on Those Who Oppose You
In Titus 2 Paul gives Titus some guidance as to the conduct of the men and women of the church. There is a particular passage that is similar to one from 2 Timothy that I want to highlight again. It has to do with how to act/respond to those who are in opposition to the gospel. Here is what Paul writes: 6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. What incredible guidance from Paul, a man who faced incredible opposition in his day. Can we live our lives in such a way that even those who are opposed to us would have nothing evil to say of us? Can we live a life that even those who may speak publicly against us, in a quiet moment, are ashamed of their words; knowing that our character is above reproach? The answer to these questions is “Yes”, as we are guided and led by the Holy Spirit.
I personally believe that opposition to the true gospel of Jesus Christ will increase. I think that those who stand firm on the truth of the scriptures will face increasing opposition and some of it will be pretty harsh. What will our response be? Are we willing to lose a battle of public opinion to perhaps win the war of personal salvation? May we let the power of Christ live through us so that we are a pattern of good works and good words that others see?