Restoring Healthy Confrontation
“But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.” Galatians 2:11 ESV
We live a time where politically correct and “being nice” to everyone rules the day. We have watered down the teachings of Jesus to simply not offending anyone and, for sure, not judging anyone. While we could spend lots of time on each of these concepts, I want to highlight one simple idea of Biblical confrontation among believers.
Paul didn’t hesitate to confront Peter publicly when he saw he was doing things that he felt were hypocritical.
Was Peter in sin? NO! He was simply just doing things that were foolish and selfish. Paul not only “brought the hammer” on Peter but wrote about it in his letter to the Galatians and ultimately to all of us. This type of action today would be seen as “mean” and unspiritual.
Paul would have been chastised for not showing the “love of Jesus” or “going about it the wrong way”.
It seems that these days there is no right way to confront another believer about anything! In fact, if anyone is confronted with something in their life that needs to be corrected they not only reject it but promptly go around telling everyone they were “spiritually abused”. Was Peter spiritually abused by the great apostle? Is confrontation not Christ-like? It would sure seem to be when Christ Himself would take up a whip and confront all the moneychangers in the Temple!
Takeaway: What is your true feeling about confrontation? Have you allowed our secular culture to define our view of confrontation or the Word of God?
Do you have a Paul in your life that can confront you with the truth of God’s Word?
Can you receive public correction and not retaliate with accusation and a victim mentality? It is time for the body of Christ to grow up and become mature in these things. Biblical confrontation based on God’s Word is absolutely necessary for the body to have and maintain health.
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Galatians 2:11, English Standard Version (ESV) But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he…bible.com