Are you addicted to the kisses of sycophants? Do you need their profuse affirmations? then know that they are the enemies of your soul. People who will only tell you what you want to hear – hate you. They will destroy you.
Husbands, do you always need your wives and children to agree with you and pledge their unqualified support? Or at work, do you need peers and underlings to agree with you in order to feel secure? How about wives? Do you need your gal-friends to only sympathize or empathize with your point of view or hurt feelings? Children, must your schoolmates or friends always affirm your opinions and actions? Leaders, do you need those under you to pat you on the back at all times and sign on to all your ideas and views? If you breed those behaviors in others, if you create that culture in your home, marriage, relationships or workplace – you will do so to your own destruction.
If Jesus only preached and taught what found acceptance with all those around Him, if He catered to their opinions and viewpoints – He might have avoided the Cross. But then, you and I would have no salvation.