Opposing Themselves

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and Greeks.  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

Acts 18:4-6

One statement from this passage jumps out at me every time I read it: “…when they opposed themselves…”

Doesn’t that sound like just about every person that we know?  Doesn’t that sound just like us sometimes?  Opposing ourselves.

It has been said many times that “we are our own worst enemy” and I think that there is a lot of truth to that statement.  We like to look around and blame everyone else for our problems.  We even like to find things and circumstances to blame for our problems.  But the cold, hard truth is that we usually have no one but ourselves to blame for whatever problems we might have.  We truly are our own worst enemies.

These people had just heard the gospel from the mouths of Paul and Silas and had rejected it.  Paul told them that they were just opposing themselves and that he was going to the Gentiles, who would listen to him.

How do we keep from opposing ourselves and how do we help others keep from opposing themselves?  We simply follow the Lord Jesus instead of following ourselves.  We simply encourage others to follow Jesus instead of following themselves.

We are always going to do wrong.  We are always going to oppose ourselves.  Jesus is never going to do wrong. Jesus is never going to lead us in the wrong way.  If we follow Him, we won’t have to worry about opposing ourselves!

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