ENCOURAGING, EMPOWERING, AND EQUIPPING CHURCHES AND BELIEVERS
TO RESOLVE CONFLICT AND RECONCILE RELATIONSHIPS BIBLICALLY
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
God calls us to a “ministry of reconciliation.” What does that mean? It means that we are called to settle or resolve our differences and to restore a friendship or relationship. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul says that we should do this just as God reconciled us to Himself by the sacrifice and blood of His son, Jesus.
That is a heavy calling that often asks us to act in a way that is not normal to our human nature. In today’s culture it seems no one is willing to overlook anything and everyone gets offended and wronged by the slightest of things. We live in a society of alleged victims and constant aggressors.
What if we took a different approach to conflict? What if you took a different approach to conflict? What if I took a different approach to conflict? What if instead of looking to get even or get what we are owed, we instead look for ways in which we can glorify God?
Conflict is all around us. You cannot avoid it, even though many of us run from it. You cannot accomplish lasting results from it if you use conflict to attack someone. You cannot make it go away by simply denying it exists. In reality you can’t even really avoid it by killing yourself or anyone else either.
What if we choose to believe that conflict offers us, as believers, an opportunity? What if we choose not to be victims? As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, aren’t we expected to act differently then the world? So what does that look like?
Conflict affords us a way to reflect God to the world by how we respond to it. It gives us an opportunity to glorify God, serve other people and grow to be like Christ. Let me help you as we walk this path together.
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