- Do you struggle with accepting correction?
- Do you find it difficult to confront with the truth?
- Do you find yourself pleasing people to avoid conflict?
Man-pleasing is a negative concept, and can be detrimental to achieving the purpose God has for our lives. It is human nature to be appreciated, but the question is by whom and to what extent? The danger of relying on the appreciation of man is that it becomes difficult to confront individuals over wrongs when required in order not to upset them or cause friction in the relationships.
The Bible stresses the need to be bold and to confront when necessary; to prevent us from straying off the godly path he has predestined for us all. We should not give excuses or plead ignorance when it comes to confrontation, as we can see in Proverbs 24 v 11 – 12:
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou safest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his work?
More light is shone on this issue in verse 24 – 25:
To show partiality in judging is not good; Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent” – people will curse him and nations denounce him, But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.
Finally in verse 26, we are encouraged that:
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
God will not accept our excuses when we fail to confront others over negative issues. We should not bend the truth to
- Always confront with the Truth
- Only the Truth sets us Free
- The Truth will always come out in the end
©Insight for the Day 2018