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Christian Confrontation: Reprove, Rebuke and Exhort

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Tim. 4:2, KJV)

Paul is giving instruction to Timothy, a pastor, in these chapters. He is not only telling him what to do in the work, but how to conduct himself in doing it. Here in verse 2, Paul is giving the methods by which we are to confront people. This charge is appropriate to us because we usually have the tendency to make two mistakes. We either fail to confront altogether, (because we desire to avoid conflict) or we abuse the necessity of confrontation to the point that we do evil in the process. Furthermore, the method of confrontation we ought to employ is determined by at least two factors: the circumstance that warrants a confrontation, and our position in the Kingdom of God.