The Journey - January 27, 2016

The Journey with Ron Moore

Confrontation Is Kindness | Psalm 141:5-10

Today’s Passage: Psalm 141:5-10
Key Verse: Psalm 141:5a

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.

Why do believers let other believers act like non-believers? Why do followers of Jesus refrain from telling other followers of Jesus that they are not acting like followers of Jesus? Why are some Christians more apt to gossip about other Christians than they are to confront other Christians about their sin?

In today’s psalm David invites what Scripture teaches — as iron sharpens iron, so one believer sharpens another. David uses hyperbole to make the point: Confrontation is kindness. It is like refreshing oil being poured over a weary head. If a person is courageous enough to get involved when you step out of line, you know that they really care for you.

Is there a person you need to have a conversation with? A person who seems to be skating on thin ice, spiritually speaking? A person you love too much to let alone? Remember, confrontation is kindness. If the person you confront doesn’t thank you today, he or she will tomorrow.

Father, give us the courage to sharpen each other. Give us the courage to guard each other’s backs. Give us the strength to be kind enough to confront. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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