HONEST CONFESSION TIME: I hate confrontation.
I fit right in with George McFly who tells Marty, “I know. I know what you are thinking son, and you’re right! But Biff just happens to be my boss and I guess I’m not very good at confrontation (as he flexes his hand).” And unless I miss my guess there aren’t a whole of people who really like to do it. There will be the occasional brave person who relishes confronting others, but for the most part we don’t like to do it…unless it is the last resort (and even then we procrastinate).
I read a funny illustration in preparation for this week’s message. Sven and Hulda, a Scandinavian couple, were Christians. They sang in the choir, they were at Sunday School every Sunday, they had prayer at every meal, they went to all the church functions. But they could not get along. At home, it was terrible: bickering, complaining, fussing. After both of them had devotions one morning, separately, of course, Hulda said to Sven, “You know, Sven, I been tinking. I got de answer to dis hopeless problem we’re livin wit. I tink ve should pray for de Lord to take vun of us home to be with Him. And then Sven, I could go live wit my sister.” Yeah, I laughed hard. Doesn’t take much you know?
Sure is a strange way of confronting a problem don’t you think? Even when confrontation needs to take place there is a right way and a wrong way, a right time and wrong time to do so. Love finds no joy in sin. Love doesn’t pander in wrong things. But there are some interesting thoughts I will be covering this week:
LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS
LOVE BELIEVES ALL THINGS
LOVE HOPES ALL THINGS
LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS
Oh yeah…one more…
LOVE NEVER ENDS.
When we love someone, we take the entire package. No picking and choosing. No large helping of what we like and skimping or passing over that which we don’t. Knowing what to allow and when to confront is the tricky part in all of this.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you a confronter? Do you wait until the last possible moment to do so? How do you take confrontation when it is directed toward you?