James 3:2 – For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Christianity is offensive to many people. While in some ways this fact is strange, it is nonetheless true. Jesus knew that His message would not be well received, saying, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Matthew 10:34-35).
Paul wrote to the Romans and the Ephesians concerning the “gospel of peace” ( Romans 10:15, Ephesians 6:15). However, the Apostle also knew from personal experience that this message would not always be well received. The Gospel, or good news, of Peace is the message of the intercessory sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the inception of His Kingdom. Among other things, what upsets people is the notion that God condemns sin and that we must be saved from those sins. For us, it is important to remember the word of God to Samuel when Israel desired an earthly king, And the Lord said unto Samuel, “…They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7b). People today are just as apt to reject God’s rule over them even though resistance is really futIle.
Since the message is likely to offend even though it speaks of peace, it is important that we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Love requires humility and grace to the hearers. Strive for that perfect maturity that remembers that all God’s children are saved by grace alone.