Scripture: from verse 28
…we warn, confront and teach everyone in all wisdom…
Observation: Paul is describing his ministry. His primary (and perhaps only) goal is to see people united with Messiah. To that end, he draws on God’s wisdom as well as his own to speak to people. And that speaking may not always be pleasant. Some people just needed to be taught, but if a more aggressive or confrontational approach was required, he used it.
We don’t like confrontation. Certainly I don’t. There are conversations I fear enough that my husband offers to handle them for me, for which I am incredibly thankful. But the fact that confrontation is unpleasant does not mean that we can always avoid it.
Sometimes it takes a cold bucket of water to wake us up. If the blunt truth will bring us healing, then that’s what we need. And if it is our job to give that to others, then we have to do it if we love them.
Application: Follow God’s lead, even if that means saying something you’d rather not. It might be exactly what they need to hear.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for having the wisdom to know what people need. Please give me the words to say to people, since we both know that I screw it up if I’m left to my own devices. Amen.