On Sunday morning, we started a new sermon series entitled Authentic Spirituality. If you weren?t in church with us, you can hear the sermon here. For the next 4 weeks, we?ll be looking together at Matthew chapter 7 (the end of the sermon on the mount).
We started the series by looking at verses 1-6 where we saw some principles about judging and a warning to do so correctly. All this talk about judging has me thinking about the closely related topic of confrontation. Chances are you don?t have to go very far back in your memory bank to think of a confrontation gone wrong. It can certainly be a very difficult thing to navigate correctly.
Matthew 18:15-17 gives us some very clear instructions on confrontation.??
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
??Did you catch the steps there???
- Go to the source…just between the two of you
- If that doesn?t work, then bring someone else along as a witness
- If that doesn?t work, then bring it before the church
??Confrontation is never easy, but in my experience, dealing with it head on is always best. When we don?t go to the source, we create a bigger mess and stir up all sorts of problems. I hope next time someone wrongs you, you?ll take the right first step and go to the source.