Hebrews 12:8-9 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
"Confrontation" may seem like an offensive word, but it really doesn't have to be. Confrontation is known to be a hostile or argumentative meeting or situation between opposing parties. However, I am going to use this word in a different way. I am going to describe it as a catalyst for change. Seeing that we are sons of God and we do nothing in strife, if we confront according to the scriptures, it can produce righteous fruit. Confrontation is going to your brother in a spirit of love and meekness to restore them to the Father.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
This is one of the methods God has sanctioned for his sons to walk in. “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” Philippians 3:15. When looking at a scripture like this, we sometimes believe that God will only reveal the "other mind" to us personally, but this is not so. God is in His children and so He will also reveal that other mind to someone else. It is then the obligation of that individual to confront you with love concerning what the Lord has revealed.
Remember, confrontation is simply going to your brother in love. Most saints do not see confrontation as God’s love towards us. The scripture declares that straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life. However, confrontation is one of the things that God uses to keep us on that narrow path.
2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more
Seeing each other after the flesh is a major hindrance to receiving confrontation. The scripture, on the contrary, instructs us to see no man after the flesh. What is that passage actually saying? We are supposed to see each man according to the spirit in them. Thus, if the Spirit of God is in them, treat them as a sanctuary of the Holy Ghost. If they are confronting you with words or truth, see it as God Himself speaking with you.
See every man through God’s perspective. Ananias and Sapphira, did not perceive this when they lied to Peter. Peter responded; “thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” They failed to see that they were handling the Spirit of God in Peter’s body because they viewed him after the flesh. We may not lie, but we may dishonor God’s presence in the individuals confronting us. It may be a spouse, our children or a even our boss.
Whenever you hear the truth, regard it as God, and the fact that you hear God, honor Him. Walk in humility when you are corrected and confronted, because it will yield the fruit of righteousness in you.
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