Can Confrontation Be Good?
I was having a conversation with a co-worker the other day. She had recently had a job interview. She was asked about confrontation. Her response was interesting. It went something like this.
Does confrontation have to be bad?
Most of the time we believe that confrontation is bad. Someone has done something. We must confront them with what they’ve done. Perhaps it’s a spouse or subordinate. Maybe it’s something that has to be handled in a Matthew 18 kind of way. It doesn’t matter.
Confrontation is uncomfortable. It isn’t pleasant. It doesn’t feel good. None of us like it.
What are the results of confrontation?
The attitude of a poor performer may improve resulting in better performance and the betterment of the team.
A spouse may see their blind spot and a marriage may improve.
A member of the Church sees their sin and the Body is healed.
A sinner is confronted with their need for a Savior and the trajectory of their life is changed eternally.
So, we are back to our original question. Or at least the other side of the coin.
Can confrontation be good?