Two Ways to Confront

One way to confront is found in Galatians 6:1: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Self-examination, love for the one you are confronting and a humble approach, recognizing one’s own faults, usually is accepted, but not always. Another type of confrontation can bring strong repercussions. When someone is caught in wickedness and immorality and told that his or her conduct is sin, they may counterattack. Someone’s response to this kind of rebuke can cost the life of the one who confronts. Such was the case with John the Baptist. Herod, hearing of Jesus’ activities, feared it was John the Baptist restored to life. This is found in Mark 6:14-29: “And king Herod heard of Him (Jesus); (for His name was spread abroad:) and he said, that John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.” Think on these thoughts from, “God Leads Us Along” by G. A. Young: “Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose, God leads His dear children along; through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along. Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood; some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.” Selah! If our lives, our possessions, our jobs or careers, our reputations, etc were on the line, would we still speak truth or compromise in fear? Some of us might have to choose!    Ron

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