Jethro took a risk when he confronted Moses. Confrontation is difficult for many of us. We are uncomfortable with it. We aren’t sure if the risk is worth it. And at times, we question our place to confront someone else, especially since some have used Matthew 7:1 to argue that we should not confront others at all. However, when we look closely at this passage, we see Christ not forbidding confrontation but clarifying the right way to do it.
First, He tells us that before we confront someone else about an issue, we should examine ourselves in the mirror, looking for that issue specifically. Second, we need to make sure our motivation for confronting the person is right. We confront a person for one reason: to help him or her. In this way, our confrontation is a selfless act of love; we take on the risk solely for the other person’s gain. Because we care about others and we care about how they reflect the gospel in how they live, we confront.
Whom might you need to confront for God’s glory and their good? Who has confronted you in the past that you might want to thank and encourage for their love for you?