Confrontation has never been and never will be an easy task. Just because it is not easy does not mean that Christians are not supposed to do it. James, in closing his letter to the Jews, makes a final appeal to them, knowing that it is a difficult task.
James 5:19 – Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Have you ever felt led by God to confront somebody for something that you know they are doing wrong? Several emotions probably resulted from this leading. One, you may have felt fear of losing their friendship, and the friendship of others as well. Two, you were worried what might happen to that person if you did not confront them. These two emotions pulled on each other and drew you one way or the other, depending on the day.
Let’s put three scenarios on the table. First, we have a young Christian man who is starting to hang out with the wrong crowd. You notice your friend, the young man, and you decide to not confront him about his actions. This young man slowly goes down the path of the world, and gets into drugs and alcohol. He then commits various crimes with his group of bad friends, and eventually ends up dead. His life wasted for God, perhaps because someone did not confront him when they had the chance.
Reverse the scenario now. We have a young Christian man who you see hanging with the wrong crowd. You confront him about it, and he repents and goes back to serving the Lord. He grows up, becomes an evangelist, and leads one of the greatest revivals of all time, perhaps because someone confronted him, when they had the chance.
In a different case, you have a Christian teenage girl who is starting to fall into the devil’s trap. You see her, confront her about it, and she repents. The next week she leads one little boy to Christ at Vacation Bible School. Two days later she is killed in a car accident, but the boy goes on to be a preacher, and keeps his congregation living for the Lord.
The questions that the author wishes to put forth are as follows. Do you care about souls enough, that you you would confront them when led of God? Do you worry enough about what might happen because you didn’t confront someone? Is it worth it to you to lose a friend on earth, to gain acceptance from God in Heaven?
Do you love God enough that if he tells you to go, you would, no matter what?
If there are any doubts about it being worth it, James wrote James 5:20.
James 5:20 – Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.