Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Profit Uses. Does your use of profits align with the Biblical instruction to put Christ and others first?
This week we will focus on Managing Conflicts: Confrontation. Some people enjoy confrontation, but most don’t. When a wrong has been done to you or to others, how do you confront the guilty party? Nathan had to confront David who had committed adultery and covered it up with murder. Could a situation get any harder to confront? What can we learn from this case?
So the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but a little lamb he had worked hard to buy. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing a lamb from his own flocks for food, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and served it to his guest.” David was furious. “As surely as the LORD lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you his house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the LORD and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah and stolen his wife. From this time on, the sword will be a constant threat to your family, because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own. “‘Because of what you have done, I, the LORD, will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will do this to you openly in the sight of all Israel.'” Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD. “Nathan replied, “Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 2 Samuel 12:1-13 NLT
First, the Lord sent Nathan. Are you God’s ambassador as you confront? Is the wrong to be confronted a wrong against God’s Biblical values? Should confrontation always be over right and wrong, and not opinion? How do you separate fact from opinion?
Next, Nathan told a story that illustrated the value that had been violated. Jesus often used stories to make a point. When you need to confront someone, ask the Lord to give you a story that will help clarify the values involved. Is it OK to use Scripture in a secular setting? Note: Barna research reveals approximately 70% of Americans believe the Bible provides answers on how to live a meaningful life. As Navigator Lorne Sanny used to say – just tell them the passage without quoting book, chapter and verse; God’s Word is true and powerful without the address!
After David reacted to the story with righteous indignation, Nathan confronted David with the specifics of his sin. David confessed and the confrontation had a successful conclusion. Nathan represented truth, he wasn’t the judge, he simply presented the facts. The next time you need to confront someone, how will you assure your representing God’s truth, and not your opinion or the opinion of others?
Bit of Wisdom
No, O people, the LORD has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NLT
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