It's a thankless thing to be a messenger of God sometimes. Mark Driscoll once compared being a preacher to being a mailman. Do people get upset at the mailman for a letter or bill they didn't like? Of course not! But people do get upset at the pastor for simply repeating what God has said. (Even when we say it nice!)
Here's what people don't know:
-we don't enjoy difficult topics any more than they do
-it's probably as hard to say it as it is to hear it
-we aren't trying to be "right", or "win" an argument
-we are just trying to be faithful with what we know of God and his word!
And for all that, they shoot the mailman! But now that the mini-pity party is over...he must increase! It's not about me. It's not about you. It's all about King Jesus. If we take abuse, accusations, torment, disdain, scowls, or even persecution...it doesn't matter. I don't really matter. You don't really matter. Christ matters. What he says matters.
What we say will be right sometimes, what we say will be wrong sometimes, but our aim must be to please him. To elevate him. To preach him...without regard for what it costs us. That's what it means for Christ to get the increase!
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 16-18