As Oscar Wilde observed, and many others have similarly noted, “You can judge a man by the quality of his enemies.” You heard that right, enemies. And the Bible, far from guaranteeing that everyone will love and admire us as we follow Jesus, actually assures us of just the opposite; it declares that we will have haters and persecutors, and that they will, well…hate and persecute us.
David begged for divine deliverance from the lion-like men who would tear him to pieces.
Paul described one particularly hurtful persecutor as a “thorn in the flesh.”
And even Jesus assured his disciples (including us modern disciples) that following him leads surely to the painful betrayal of some of those close to us.
May God grant us grace to be considered dangerous enough by the Enemy of our souls to warrant a few quality enemies to hound and harass us.