We Christians are a strange lot. We are supposed to be very different than the world. In many respects we are, but in others, we aren’t. For example, consider how we think of people with whom we disagree. It’s natural for us to consider them the opposition; almost the enemy to some degree. But fellow believers are not the enemy – even if we don’t see eye to eye with them on everything. Rather, our fellow believers are family.
Paul had first hand experience with being treated like the enemy. First starters, he wasn’t best buddies with the rest of the apostles. His ministry took place mostly in Syria and along the northeast coast of the Mediterranean sea. The rest of the gang were down in Jerusalem and Judea. So when Paul goes to visit them at Jerusalem, he is not ‘one of the boys’ so to speak. It takes some time for the rest of the group to accept him and get on board with his ministry. Fortunately, it eventually does happen.