Thursday, November 22, 2012

Don't Hide From Confrontation

Most people don’t like confrontation. If you do, you are in the minority. Many are petrified of it and tell themselves that it’s just too hard. So, when faced with a difficult situation or person, they avoid it and instead run away…for as long as possible.

People run from all kinds of things—like something new, or change in general. They run from their past. And many people in our society run away from responsibility. But the problem with running away from something is that you stay stuck. You don’t make any progress.

Now personally, I never had too many problems confronting people. In fact, I used to be overly confrontational, so the issue was more about how I handled confrontation. I had to learn how to confront people and situations the way Jesus did. I also had to learn how to confront the devil. And still, every once in awhile God, will give me a little refresher course on confronting the devil so he can’t walk all over me and I won’t listen to his lies.

It’s Time to Stop Running

Mercy Road: The Road Well-Traveled - Susan J. Knowles



Mercy Road

Everyone occasionally stopping to stare,
Seems like no one can take time to pause and share,
Everybody’s busily scurrying on past,
Living life out of touch but it just won’t last.

There’s always been a time and certainly a place,
In this complicated world when we have to face,
That we’ve all felt a need to unburden our load,
As we make our way slowly down God’s Mercy Road.

Take a good long look in the mirror today,
Clear away the cob webs and peer through the haze,
For the people you’ve been judging and now realize,
Have your nose, your chin; your perfectly good eyes.

So, don’t live a life that’s unforgiving; unfair,
‘Cause some day you may find yourself caught in the lair,
On the path of deep hardship pursuing pardon for sins sowed,
Somewhere along with others; lost but in need of finding Mercy Road.

Where is “Mercy Road” and how do I get there, you may be asking? It’s a road with which we should all be very familiar. In fact, you may not even realize that you’ve been on it before but may have forgotten how to find your way back.

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