One of the most concise and powerful paragraphs I have ever read…

It’s time I got back to blogging. I’m sure I will find some things to write about, but for now, I wanted to share a passage from Paul Tripp’s book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands. In speaking of the necessity of confrontation, Tripp writes:

Confrontation does not force a person to deal with you, but places him before the Lord. The most important encounter in confrontation is not the person’s encounter with you, but with Christ. Rebuke does not force a person to face your judgement; it gives him an opportunity to do business with God. It is motivated by a desire for the person to receive the grace of conviction, confession, forgiveness and repentance–to experience the grace we also have received. Confrontation does not enforce legalities; it ministers the restraining, forgiving, restoring grace of Christ to someone who has turned from him. It is not motivated by punishment, but by the hope that the Lord would free this person from the prison of his own sin to know the freedom of walking in fellowship with him. [1]

Of course this passage is nestled within the context of an entire book that deals with how we are to be helping one another in Christ. As the subtitle says, “People in need of change helping people in need of change.” We are not immune to the need of being confronted, so we must never look at the effort of confrontation as one sided. In light of this, when we are being confronted–even if the person who is doing the confronting has approached in less than biblical ways–we ought to look for how they are making us face Christ, not them. We must see all of this as a working of the grace of God in our lives!

1. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand by Paul Tripp (P&R Publishing 2002, p.208-209).


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