Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Can We Please Everyone?

In Aesop's fables there is the story of the man, the boy, and the donkey. A man and a boy were driving a donkey into town to sell him at the marketplace. They passed a group of young men who laughed at them, saying, "Look at those fools who are driving that donkey when they could be riding it." So the man got up on the bach out to people where they are (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Matthew 9:11-13; Romans 12:18). But this does not necessarily mean trying to please them in everything. Especially given that what people want is not always what they really need. Further, we need to remember that the message of the cross is a stumbling block to those who reject it (1 Corinthians 1:20-25; 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:3). Therefore, we should confront people with love and gentleness (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Colossians 4:5,6), but we cannot always expect to please them. And if we try hard to please everyone, we could end up with our donkey in the drink.

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