The false teachers boasted about their knowledge and worldly success so they could convince the people that their way was best. Bragging to people is a foolish thing to do but to make a stand with courage to those who oppose God’s way is wise.
In 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, we read about Paul boasting but it is done to qualify him as a courageous servant for Christ and oppose those who were leading the people in the wrong direction. He writes about his sufferings. That he worked tirelessly as a servant for Christ. He was in prison, was flogged, exposed to death, been in danger, and gone without food or sleep (verses 23-29).
It takes courage to make a stand against those that oppose. Below is a picture my daughter took when she went to Washing ton D. C. on a class trip years ago. It’s a photo of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic photo of the soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.
There are going to be hard times faced in life but making a stand against those who oppose our way of life is the right thing to do. Some people will let us down but what qualifies us as a member of God’s angel army is to allow His love into the situation. In prayer, ask for help in how to respond to the situation and the pressures faced.
This day with You Lord, help us to have confidence. We are never alone for You will go before us and never leave us. We ask for help in taking on our fears and face them head on knowing that You have our back. Give us the courage to be a little different and to stand up for You even when it may not be the popular thing to do. Amen