Acts 22:30 – 23:11
If you’re one of the people who only reads the devotional and not the text, go read the text today. It’s amazing. Paul was so good at seeing people, their hang-ups, and their hearts. The crowd of religious leaders who were accusing him and asking for his death were divided among themselves. He knew that these two groups hated each other over so many things, and in this case, the only thing holding them together was their hatred for Paul. So Paul brings up their differences. In the middle of this government hearing, the religious leaders break out into their own outrage against each other.
This did two things, annoyed the Roman government and also showed them that these men would kill everyone who didn’t agree with them if given the permission to do so. Paul kept his cool, made his very pointed statements, showed grace, and in the end, he was carried away safely as the crown of religious leaders fought amongst themselves, trying to kill each other.
Just as important as being right, is how you behave when you’re right. The way you present truth, and the way you carry yourself is just as important as the message you carry. The book “Love and Respect” says it in a more comical, but honest, way when the author says “you can be 100% in the right and 100% in the wrong tone.” In other words, it’s not just about being right, but it’s about the way you behave when you’re right.
We all face confrontation. Some of us face it differently than others. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re not. What is most important, though, for reaching the lost, being a disciple, and fulfilling the mission Jesus gave us is how we present ourselves in either case. Does our conduct look like someone who follows Jesus? Does out conduct look like a loving, gracious, and kind person?
How do you handle confrontation?