Last week something happened. It was evening time around 6:00 pm and both my kids needed my attention. The older one wanted me to spend time with him… and my younger one was hungry. My mum and I were trying to juggle both at the same time and the house was chaotic!!!
My husband returned from work…. with the phone in his hand. As usual, kept his backpack on the staircase and walked to the kitchen to get a snack. He got back to the living room… and sat on the couch…. with the phone still in his hand. An hour went by…. the phone was still in his hand. Two hours went by … the phone was still in his hand….!!!! And finally after a series of incidents…. my anger shot up. I told him to put the phone down…. and that he was addicted to his phone!!! This was not the first time…. I have been annoyed with his phone for a long time. I even wanted to turn off the wifi in the house…. well…. nothing actually works… Jeev is still addicted to his phone!!!
But my point is not the ‘addiction’!!! It was the way He reacted when I told him that He was addicted to his phone!!! He was so annoyed, that he had a long face… for the whole next day!!! 😀 My point this blog post, is not a sermon on handling addictions, but about ‘handling confrontations’!!! How well do you handle it, when someone confronts the truth about you??!!!
However, when I read the Bible…. it is infact a book of confrontation!!! It points at your sin directly …. coz with God there is no beating around the bush!!! Right is Right… and Wrong is wrong!!! Period!!!
A couple of months ago… there was a discussion on fb on the topic of ‘being gay’ among christian youths!!! I was startled that more than 50 percent of those who shared their comments said that we should not confront their sin!!! Well, atleast I hope that they understand that it is SIN INDEED, in the first place!!! But almost 50-60 percent said that we will ‘hurt’ the emotions of the gay person if we confronted their sin!!! No wonder we have gay churches here in the US!!!
People don’t want to be confronted…. about their wrongdoings/ sin!!! What a pathetic nature of the flesh!!! The flesh… ohhhh our fallen flesh!!!
But here is what the Bible says about rebuke/confrontation of the truth….
“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” Proverbs 9:8,9.
King David nails it…
“Let a righteous man strike me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, …” Psalm 141:5
Quite evidently, some of the great men of God took rebuke and confrontation of the truth in the right spirit. There is much for us to learn from their lives!!!
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3
Sometimes I do feel it is better for me to have 1 person in my life who confronts my sin…. than 70 people in my life who say… “you are perfect just as you are!!!
Next time when someone confronts you about the truth… don’t pounce…. take sometime and think… if they were right… no harm in changing.. Right??? It is better to be confronted on Earth especially about our sinfulness……. coz’ there is no second chance in the life-after!!!
Blessed month of Resurrection guys!!!