Psalm 38:19-20 – “But my enemies are vigorous and strong, And many are those who hate me wrongfully. And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good”.
If anybody knew about having enemies, it was King David. He was responsible for not only ruling over Israel, but for subduing surrounding peoples from the borders of Egypt all the way to the Euphrates River. All of these surrounding nations became vassals of Israel, and in this process David was sure to stir up some ongoing conflict.
But in reading the history of his life and reign in the books of Samuel and Chronicles, we find he had enemies within his own people, as well.
It is not without good reason then that he cries out to God for assistance. Notice he says, “many are those who hate me wrongfully.” There were many who hated him, but their hatred was not based on the truth.
Most significantly, I find that he struggled with adversaries who hated him specifically because he “followed what is good.” Doing what’s right in situations will almost certainly create tensions with those who may not agree with your views.
Proverbs 29:27 – An unjust person is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.
This is no reason to not stand up for what’s right; in fact, it’s likely an indicator that you are headed down the right path. Integrity is not a committee decision; it is a bold and blatant individual stand for doing the right thing. This takes courage and conviction, two things many of those who may consider themselves as adversaries likely do not have.
One thing that becomes quickly apparent in studying the life and ministry of Yeshua; he was (and still is) a polarizing figure. People always took sides either for or against his perspectives. This is the nature of integrity: it creates space between the false, the hypocritical, and the compromising, thereby becoming even more apparent, as a light in the darkness.
Recognize, accept, and own that doing what is right is what believers in Messiah are called to, following in the footsteps of the faithful saints who have gone on before, and in the footsteps of our Lord.
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