March 16, 2014

Confront to Connect

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 16, 2014

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6 (NKJ)

Confrontation means there has been a disconnection. Something has severed trust. It may be relational, emotional, or financial. Maybe you feel you have lost someone’s love and respect. Whatever the reason for the disconnection, confrontation needs to seek a reconnection. This is what a caring, faithful friend does. They seek to reconnect where there has been a disconnect. Your salvation in Jesus brought you into relational wholeness with heaven so you could model the same on earth. Scripture teaches, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

However, if ignored, delayed confrontation deteriorates into disconnection. It dilutes understanding, trust, and intimacy. This is why wise leaders keep short accounts and speak freely and early about their concerns. If a leader ignores his or her obvious feelings of frustration, they will naturally distance themselves from the team and the organization. But if they confront early on, in a spirit of respect and understanding, they stay engaged with the enterprise and the individuals, and therefore avoid creating a culture of control and distrust.

This is true in marriage. A wife may confront her husband when she does not feel loved. This is a natural response when she feels distant from her spouse. Depending on the context of the confrontation, the husband may respond positively (if he is smart!) or he may push back defensively if he senses a combative or controlling spirit. It is normal and healthy to desire and seek out relational connection. This is how God has wired people. Just make sure you set yourself up for a successful connection and not an aborted one.

Your husband is much more receptive to receiving your emotional advances when done in a spirit of respect. Use questions like, “Sweetheart, can we sit down sometime today to discuss the children’s schedule for the upcoming week?” This gives him time to process and prepare. If he feels pounced upon or backed into a corner, he will react defensively. In this situation, healthy confrontation gives a couple the organizational connections they need to be more effective in managing their family responsibilities.

Caring confrontation creates a culture of teamwork and trust. A connected culture creates communication channels that build great organizations. Sadly though, a disconnected leader encourages disconnected individuals who then feed disconnected departments that facilitate disconnected divisions that ultimately lead to a disconnected and dysfunctional organization. So, most importantly, start by connecting with Christ. Vertical relational reconnection facilitates horizontal relational reconnection. Sin subtly or not so subtly severs relationships, but confession leads to connection. David, a most effective leader, said it well: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). Therefore, make your motives and methods of confrontation for the purpose of reconnection. Friends who care confront to connect.

Taken from the March 16th reading in Boyd’s 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God vol. 1” …

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  1. Laquila says:

    I am dealing with confrontation. I am deeply afraid of confrontation! I basically run. But I know this needs to be done and God is helping me to grow and stand. It’s so scary! This devotional that you placed was extremely helpful. I googled the word confrontation and stumbled on this website. I am a christian and I was not sure if this was christian or not but after reading the statement of faith I know you believe in Jesus. Thank you for this organization. The statement of faith is key! There are so many things out there that are “nice” or seem “uplifting” but need to be carefully looked at because it is likely rooted in some form of new age. This is not the case here, and I know that because of your statement of faith. Thank you again, and thank you for believing in Jesus only. One God. I’ll definitely be using this site more often, as God allows. Bye!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Laquila~
      Thank you so much for reaching out to Wisdom Hunters regarding the devotional, “Confront to Connect”. We appreciate your encouraging words about the Wisdom Hunters Ministry and we are thankful that you have found us!
      I have a feeling you speak for many other fellow wisdom hunters when you describe your fears about confrontation (Thank you for being so honest!). As a believer, I rejoice in the fact we can go to our Heavenly Father and ask for a measure of Grace and Discernment before we confront. What a blessing that is.
      We look forward to hearing from you again, Laquila.
      Believing and trusting~

      “Be joyful always; pray continually; giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.”
      1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

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