When God met with Adam and Eve after they sinned, that was God confronting man (Genesis 3:8-11).
When Peter and Paul were in a heated debate over whether Jews should eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2), Paul used this confrontation to reassert a very important point—there is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ; we are all one. (Gal 3:28).
One of the most astounding examples of confrontation was Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus—He met Jesus. He became a changed man: Paul, one of the more prolific and influential writers in the New Testament (Acts 9:1-25).
When Joseph confronted his brothers after they sold him into slavery, Joseph said to them, "What deed is this that you have done?” (Genesis 44:14-15; Genesis 45:3)
Moses confronted Pharaoh, “Let my people go” (Exodus 5:1-5).
Elijah confronted King Ahab. “'I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. 'But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned the Lord's commands and have followed the Baals’” (1 Kings 18: 16-18).
Then there’s the story of David and Nathan: Nathan was David's advisor who confronted him after he committed adultery with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 12. After Nathan tells a story of a man who wrongly loses everything he loves, David was moved and asked, who is this man? Nathan replied, "Thou art the man!" Had Nathan not confronted David, David might have thought his scheme worked, but instead, confrontation brought conviction and correction.
In these stories and many more, we see that there usually is a compelling need for confrontation, not just selfish desire. If we have relationships, confrontation is necessary.
Confrontation provides a space for invitation, correction, wisdom, grace, and love, whether you confront or are the recipient of confrontation. Below are some Scriptures that show how we can handle confrontation.
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