Confronting Evil

Every human is susceptible to do evil things. For example, David ” A man after God’s own heart” did evil by committing adultery and murder. As people of the light, we must lead the way in love, and turn people away from destruction. God holds us accountable if we don’t speak up!

” When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.”

– Ezekiel 3:18

When leaders become evil it takes a wise person like Nathan the Prophet to show them the error of their ways, and turn them from going further down a dark path. But how does one do that? How does the Bible tell us to deal with each other when we are doing wrong?

How to Handle Conflict?

#1 USE TACT

” Through patience, a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”

– Proverbs 25:15

#2 BE HONEST  

“ Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.”

– Leviticus 19:17

#3 BE DIRECT & DISCREET  

“If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d]  If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

– Matthew 18:15

RESULTS: LIFE & GROWTH

“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. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. “

– Ephesians 4:16

FINAL WORD
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

– Ephesians 4:31

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