YLD (21/09/12) – Courage in confronting wrong and do good to all
Topic: Courage in confronting wrong and do good to all
Scripture: Romans 14:7-11, Galatians 6:1-2
Do the right thing in the eyes of the Lord, starting at a young age so when you get old, you will not turn away from Him.
• The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
There was a king of Judah, and his name was Uzziah. The king made all the rules and everyone had to obey him.
• At first, Uzziah followed God and did what was right, but after becoming powerful, Uzziah became proud.
• He decided that he didn’t have to obey God’s rules and chose to go into God’s holy temple to burn incense.
No one could go to God’s holy temple to burn incense. This was a job God had given to the priests, and only priests were to do it.
King Uzziah violated God’s law. He showed contempt to God and did what he wished.
• Azariah, the priest, along with 80 other priests, went to tell King Uzziah that what he was doing was wrong.
• This took courage because the king had the power to order anyone who angered him to be put to death.
• King Uzziah did get very angry. As he was raging at the priest, leprosy (a horrible skin disease) broke out on his skin.
After all, Jesus is the Lord, not us.
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:7-9)
• Jesus paid a big price for our sins. Being nailed on the cross was extremely painful.
Only God can judge
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. (Romans 14:10)
o It’s important to remember that it is God’s job to judge, while it is our job to encourage others to do right. Sometimes, this could be a temptation that we thought we are better or more righteous than the others.
o Confronting wrong can also be easier if we support each other in standing up for what is right, like the priests did.
Let us confront others with a gentle spirit. Show love and bring people back to the Lord:
• When you lost the fear of the Lord,
o You just do whatever you want, you thought you are the boss
• When you have the fear of the Lord
o You did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. You acknowledge the Lord is your boss.
o When things go against God’s values, you have courage to confront because you know He is the bosses of all
o The reason for confronting is to do good for that person, not to show off how good your are but to bring the person back to the right path of the Lord