Confronting People

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When God compels us to confront people in love about a matter, we need to obey Him no matter how they might respond to us whether with love and thankfulness or hatred, rejection, abandonment, gossip, and persecution or anything else.

It can be really hard and scary to confront people and we may be tempted to run the other way because we don’t want to face how they respond or because we’re afraid of hurting them with the truth God puts on our hearts to speak to them. But we need to obey God and trust Him to work through our obedience in the hearts and lives of those to whom He sends us.

Pray and obey God. And when He compels you to confront, do so with the truth and love of Jesus as the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers leads and guides you. Trust God to do as He desires through your obedience whether you see the fruit of your obedience at the time of speaking to the people, whether you see the fruit sometime down the road, or whether you don’t ever see the fruit. Leave the results in God’s hands.

Over the years God has sent some people at times to me with some pretty tough messages. Sometimes I was humble and God used the messengers and messages to grow and change me. Other times I was prideful and hateful and couldn’t see the goodness of God and the love and kindness of the people He sent and refused to receive the messages He sent to me. Conversely, at times the Lord has sent me to people with challenging messages and blessed me with seeing the good fruit borne through my obedience. Other times, I have received hatred, rejection, and abandonment as a result of confronting people in God’s love. And sometimes, sadly, I delivered messages without God’s love and had to repent.

Friend, when God leads us to confront people in love, we need to do it.

“Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20

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