Paul was fighting against the spiritual battles caused by the Greek or Alexandrian mentality versus the Messianic Jewish and Christian influence.
The Romans, and the Greeks, and the non-Messianic Jews were all against Paul.
Our purpose should be to please God not people, not ourselves. We should seek God and spiritual growth. We should not seek to avoid conflict, which often leads to spiritual growth. Sometimes conflict happens as a result of spiritual growth.
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