18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
-There are wolves in the sheep’s fold, which should come as no surprise to us; Jesus told us it would be so. (Matthew 7:15) So why is Paul in tears while he shares the same truth here? There is a difference between knowing that the wolves walk among us and realizing how close to us those wolves can get. Some of the people that Paul loved and trusted the most turned out to be false and it did more than surprise Paul, it hurt him. But everything in the Bible is “written for our learning” (Romans 15:4) and this is given to us as a warning so that we can be ready when someone close to us is revealed as an enemy. It may be your best friend from Sunday school, it may be your Pastor, or it may be someone you haven’t met yet; pray that the Lord will give you grace to endure no matter who it is or when it happens.