“Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors.”
1 Samuel 12:7 NIV
Confront. Confrontation. Two words that make many or most of us want to shrink away. Let’s face it: there is no joy in having to confront a person, nor is there joy in being confronted…or is there?
Samuel did NOT shrink back from his duty; he did the hard thing and frankly yet kindly told the Israelites the story of how they’d gotten themselves into the position they were in. He didn’t stop there but also recounted God’s graciousness and blessing upon them as a people. Samuel was open and honest while also addressing the heart issues from a position of love. The result? The Israelites came to a place of taking responsibility for their role in their mess.
When we confront those we love with tough issues we can also give the gift of genuine encouragement. Do the hard work as Samuel did, and be rewarded with knowing you can have God-given power that blesses others and builds up each other, spurring one another to love, good deeds, and responsible decisions. 🚦
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