Conflict is going to happen. Conflict happens in marriages, families, churches and those that we work and interact with. The issue is: Are we handling it biblically? God’s Word gives us the principles for how to reconcile with others and handle conflict in a way that is God honoring.
In Matthew 5, Jesus said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” Starting on Wed. January 25th, we will be starting a study on “The Peacemaker: Handling conflicts biblically.” This DVD based, small group study is based on the book, “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande. The principles that will be shared in this study will help in all kind of conflict situations.
Each week we will watch a 25 minute video and then discuss the principles that are presented there. When conflict happens how do we respond? This approach based on Scripture has been referred to as “The four G’s.”
- Glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31): Biblical peacemaking is motivated by a desire to bring honor to God by showing the reconciling power of the Gospel. As we follow Christ and the freedom that he brings we are delivered from the temptation to make conflicts worse and bring praise to God.
- Get the log out of your own eye (Matthew 7:5): Attacking others only invites other attacks. We must admit our own faults and own contributions to a conflict. This opens the way for sincere discussion and reconciliation.
- Gently restore (Gal. 6:1) When others fail to see their contributions to a conflict, we need to graciously show them there fault. Jesus calls us to involve others to help encourage repentance and restore peace.
- Go and be reconciled (Matthew 5:24). When we forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us, conflict is cleared away and the door is opened for genuine peace.
Anyone can jump into this study at any point. All are welcome to join us at 6:00 pm on Wednesday nights at the Senatobia Library.