Being a prophet of God in Jeremiah’s day must have been a hard, often thankless job. People only wanted to hear good news. And, let’s face it, those prophets didn’t often come bearing good news.
When hearing that God was about to discipline His disobedient children, or worse, destroy them, their reaction was no different than ours today. They got mad at the prophet. Kill the messenger! Jeremiah was beaten and put in stocks for telling the truth.
No one likes to hear they are wrong, that they deserve punishment, that they are sinners in need of a Savior. I get that. Sometimes we who proclaim the Gospel are hated.
What is our reaction to their response? Do we water down the Truth so it goes down a bit easier? Do we edit the Gospel so as not to offend? Do we just quit sharing the Gospel because we fear rejection? Do we convince ourselves that if God wants that person saved, he’ll be saved with or without me, so it might as well be without me?
Satan must love it when we wimp out.
Folks, people aren’t going to always pat you on the back when you talk about sin.
Talk about it anyway.
They aren’t always going to thank you for sharing the Gospel.
Share it anyway.
You might be rejected, even hated, for your faithfulness.
Be faithful anyway.
Because God promises to be faithful to you, even if they want to kill the messenger.