Nov. 11 - Relational Conflict, Part 4 - Confronting Others
Updated: Jun 4, 2019
Remember when you were a kid and your parents often had to correct your behavior, but then you grew up and you didn’t make mistakes anymore and you never had to change anything about yourself?
No, I don’t remember that either.
From time to time, even followers of Christ find themselves in need of correction. This is because we are all broken people living in a broken world; however, we are not consigned to a life of sin. God has placed us in community with one another so we can help each other walk through our struggles and break free of our sins. Who better than a loving brother or sister in Christ to come alongside of us and steer us back in the right direction?
Matthew 18:15-17 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
As Christians, we know no one but God is perfect, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to us when we find ourselves in need of correction. The Holy Spirit is using the body of Christ to correct you, so accept that correction with confidence! Don’t refuse to listen to those whom God has sent to help you. When someone confronts us about our sin, our initial response may be defensiveness, anger, or accusations. Pray today that God will weed the pride out of your heart so, in those situations, you will be able to respond with an attitude of submission.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Just as fellow Christians may come alongside us to correct our brokenness, we are called upon to do the same for others. We can choose not to invest our lives into confronting fellow Christians faced with sin, but as a result we will see broken people and relationships develop over time within their lives and throughout the church. Don’t turn a blind eye to the sin of the body of Christ. Participating in this is one of the greatest benefits of being part of a church family.