For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, (2 Timothy 4:3 ESV)
To speak truth to others can be a hard thing to do at times, especially when the truth rebukes a person’s lifestyle. We grow attached to habits and don’t want to hear someone tell us that it is wrong. So two things you must remember from this passage. One, you must submit yourself to those over you whom God has called to speak truth, particularly the truth of the gospel. That could mean difficult moments. It could mean humbling yourself before someone you had an argument with, even if the other person is wrong too. It could mean giving up habits that you have grown attached to. Two, it means that you must be willing to speak truth to your friends and family even when you fear they may not want to hear it and might reject you or lash out at you. Knowing how much it hurts you to hear should give you a compassion for the way you confront others, with graciousness.
Has there been a time when you heard truth from the Bible that you did not want to hear because it was telling you dot do something you did not want to do?
Ask God to give you a humble heart and set you free of your idols.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ki 14, 2 Ti 4, Ho 7, Ps 66-67