A Different Kind of Sword
The truth hurts. Being confronted with another person’s honest feelings can sting a little. Being told the reality of a situation with no sugar-coating can be hard to handle.
When a person is struggling with an addiction and the family and friends of that person are trying to get that person to see what the addiction is doing to his or her relationships they will sometimes do what is called an intervention. An intervention is when the addict is confronted by the people whose lives have been damaged, and affected negatively, by the addict’s behavior. Most often they are done in love and in desperation to show the person how destructive their actions have been and hopefully confront them in a way that helps them admit that they have a problem they need to work on. Doing an intervention is inherently risky, however, because it may drive the person further away from family and friends. It may cause more division.
I think this is an example of what Jesus meant when he said he came not to bring peace but a sword. He was not talking literally about a steel blade, but he was talking about how telling the truth can cut to the heart of a matter. He was talking about how standing up to someone or being honest about a situation can cause conflict, because people often do not like to face the truth, especially about themselves.
Has there ever been a time when someone has confronted you about something you have said or done and you realized they had a point, which cut you like a knife? Has there ever been a time when you were honest with someone and it caused a conflict with that person? Is there a situation where you feel you might need to tell someone the truth in love even if it means risking division?
– Pastor Erik