"Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins."James 5:20
Confrontation, or conflict resolution, is a normal and necessary part of life. It's certainly not easy, but it's absolutely necessary if we are to help our brothers and sisters stay out of dangerous or potentially harmful situations. Think about it: if no one ever loved you enough to tell you the honest truth, what sort of person would any of us be? We are all flawed and frail. We all have blind spots, so part of the role of the body is to "turn us from the error of our way." 1 Samuel 25 provides a wonderful illustration of the right way to handle it. Abagail confronted David, and she did it in a way that kept him from a terrible problem. How? She led with honor and affirmation. Whenever we confront another, we begin with affirmation and signs of respect. Second, she came in humility. We don't come with anger or pride, but in humble awareness of our OWN sin. Only then can we confront another in ways that can be heard. Third, she spoke truth – not embellished or understated - but facts. Speak the truth in love. Finally, she did it under God's spiritual direction. She was convicted – led by God – to go to David. We're not called to confront everything, but we are called to go where God leads us – to be HIs instrument in the lives of others, thus we do so only when such a decision has been bathed in prayer. Agabail was aware that David was God's anointed King, so she set aside her own reservations and courageously said what needed to be said. She saved the day! As we face the inevitable conflicts in life, let's do so in ways that honor and glorify God.
"After that, he appeared to more than five hundred at the same time, most of whom are still living...then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and then to me..." 1 Corinthians 15:6
As we continue in the season of Easter, I have thought much about the resurrection appearances of Jesus and the fact that many who saw Him were still living even as Paul wrote. Had he been making it up or telling it incorrectly, there would have been any number of people to refute what he was saying, but we have no such account. After He appeared to the apostles, they went from hiding in fear to boldly proclaiming Jesus raised from the dead. His appearance is the only thing that can explain the radical change in their behavior. There are many other such proofs and together they have formed the foundational elements of my faith in Christ. I find it somewhat amazing that so many people choose to ignore such evidence in favor of a cultural approach, one that serves self above all else. Regardless, when that evidence seeps in, transformation occurs. Easter makes even in the most hardened pause - and think. Easter changes us. Easter changes our perspective on our current circumstance as well as our future hope. Easter changes our purpose and our perspective. Easter alleviates our fears and multiplies our peace. Look at it. Reflect on it. Be changed by it. Live as Easter people!