Reflection: For further reading see Matthew 7:3-5
Peace-faking is different to peace-making. Peace fakers are people predisposed to having peace at any cost. They prefer peace over truth and see peace as the absence of any kind of conflict. They’ll go to great lengths to avoid confrontation and in doing so, they’ll settle for a counterfeit peace based on avoiding reality.
Although many offenses can and should be overlooked, some things are so harmful that they should be confronted.
There are times when we should rightly speak to another person about their contribution to a conflict – not because we are wholly right and they are wholly wrong – but because of a genuine desire for restoration and reconciliation… after we’ve taken the log out of our own eye. It’s amazing how much clarity we have about everyone else’s sins and offences but struggle to acknowledge and confess our own.
Question: Do you have a ‘log’ in your own eye? Can you (and are you prepared to) articulate what this is?
Prayer: Lord, give me courage to truthfully identify those areas of my life that I am currently blind to. And only after examining myself, I pray that you would give me wisdom and clarity about those things that you call me to confront in others.