Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)
Confrontation – Sharpens us and others – The ability to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We need to speak truth, even if it may temporarily be painful to the hearer. We cannot mask evil nor let it prevail in someone if we have the power to reveal it. MEEKNESS, controlled power, is the fruit called to mind here. The meek caregiver will be bold to speak the truth, but will not wield that power in a way to hurt someone.
The characteristic of effective leaders that we look at today is Confrontation. Confrontation is not an easy thing, but it is often a necessary thing. We may tend to avoid it or put it off, but like anything else, when we delay an action, we often have to pay an additional premium, just like interest on a loan. The longer we put things off, the more it costs.
When I think of the word “Meekness”, it calls to mind something to me that may not be mainstream thinking. In our culture, we tend to associate the words “meek” and “weak”. However, the Greek word used to describe “meek” in Matthew chapter 5 does not mean weak, but rather, “strength under control”.
So, there is a big difference in meaning here. The truly meek individual that the New Testament talks about is a person disciplined enough and strong enough to control their strength and use it in the best interest of those whom they serve. When it comes time to confront someone on harmful behavior, it takes real strength to do that, especially in a way to show concern, but also authority.
Confrontation can be difficult, but when we keep in mind that our job is simply to speak the truth in love, and not have a need to convince, the confrontation can be much more palatable, as well as effective.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us the responsibility to challenge wrong behaviors and to help people change destructive ones. Give us the meekness to handle this well, Amen.