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Confrontation is Kindness

Psalm 141:5-10  
A psalm of David.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me —that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge —do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

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.

So…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, they will tomorrow. 

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

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