Proverbs 27:5 (NASB)
I often invite my congregation to confront me if they see anything unbiblical in my life. The motive for my invitations is so that I can be kept in check. I know I am susceptible to sin. I am fallible and need others to help me from disobeying the Lord Jesus.
Recently, one member of my congregation took me up on my invitation. The circumstance was about a statement I made during a sermon. My statement reflected an attitude of thanklessness. I did not even pick up on my words but this member, a brother in Christ, heard them and he confronted me.
His approach was gentle. He quietly pulled me aside and clarified what he heard me say. Then, he humbly corrected me. Using Scripture, he showed me that my thinking was wrong and needed to change. I considered my brother’s correction and agreed with his assessment.
My brother could have not bothered himself with saying anything to me. He could have justified silence for the sake of keeping peace. But he did not keep silent. He loved me enough to say something to help me think more Biblically and he made me better for doing so.
Now I do not condone Christians picking each other apart for trivial issues. There is an appropriate time to not confront someone. But believers can sharpen one another to be more like Jesus by rebuking each other in love. I know in this case, I appreciate a brother’s healing words spoken to correct me.
- Pastor Randy