For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
Confronting a brother or sister in Christ can be a scary thought. We may worry about what they will think, or if they will question our intentions in confronting them. Worries come rushing to our mind, and a knot forms in our stomach as we think about what to say.
We are right to be cautious; we should carefully check our motivation, and approach others from a place of humility and genuine love. However, there should be no need for us to fear confrontation when it is done for the right reason, and with the proper attitude (Galatians 6:1). The same life-giving power that raised Jesus from the dead also strengthened Paul as he confronted the Corinthians in their sin; this same power now resides in us, since we have put our faith in Jesus Christ. We are now able to speak truth to those around us with boldness and authority (Acts 4:13), knowing that this kind of encouragement and correction is essential for all of us. We are never told that it will be easy to restore a brother or sister in Christ, but we are not alone as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Is there someone Jesus wants to speak to through you today?