A Compelling Truth: A 30 Day Journey through Galatians with Rob Stanmore

DAY 8

When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

Galatians 2:11-14 NIV

Do you like confrontation?

Some people thrive on it while others would prefer to never even think of it, on the best of days.

I’ve found when talking to someone about confrontation, usually the core reason they don’t want to confront someone is that they are worried they will hurt the person.

Confrontation has had a bad rap. It isn’t about hurting someone. Instead, you confront someone because you love them.

You can confront someone because you genuinely care about them. People can read your intention when it comes from a genuine point of view.

We read today as Paul confronts Peter and challenges him to his face. 

Paul noticed a ‘blind spot’ in Peter, where he would draw back and compromise his convictions based upon worrying about what people thought of him. In this case, the Jews.

Paul saw that Peter’s calling was too great to not confront him, and he had far greater things ahead in his future to derail himself over fear of people’s opinions.

When you understand that when you confront people, you confront them because you genuinely love them and want the best for them, it changes your perspective of how it can be used in an incredible way.

Questions

(1) How have you viewed confrontation in the past?

(2) From today’s devotional, how does this change the way you approach confrontation in love?

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