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Devotional - week of October 2, 2016


A MINISTRY OF CONFRONTATION

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”  Matthew 18:15

One of the greatest needs in our churches today is that of confrontation—the type Jesus spoke of in these verses.

Soon after a pastor began to experience his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, he became disturbed that he had not consistently obeyed the command of Jesus to confront those sinning against him. He resolved to be consistently obedient to the Lord in the future.

Within six weeks the challenge to obey came to the pastor. In God’s timing and in God’s grace, he confronted a man who had criticized him. It was a distasteful experience. The man first became angry and denied he had been critical. Before the pastor left, however, the man admitted his criticism and repented. Their close friendship continued.

As the pastor continued to confront those who criticized him and to encourage his members to do the same, he realized that confrontations bring an unexpected blessing. They are a major factor in keeping down criticisms and in keeping the fellowship of the churches.

A spirit of oneness among believers is the main issue for Jesus in his great prayer recorded in John 17. Over and over the Apostle Paul taught the need of oneness in the church. Many pastors and lay members pray for a spirit of oneness in their churches.

An aggressive ministry of confrontation would go a long way in healing broken fellowships and in keeping the good fellowships in many churches.

A church with some members who are living by grace will be a church engaging in a ministry of confrontation.

Living by grace makes the confrontations effective as the offended confront the offenders in the love of God and in the timing of God.