How do you respond to conflict?
- Are you an avoider?
- A collaborator?
- A peacemaker — at all costs?
- Or, the proverbial “bull in a china shop”?
Christians have a special responsibility to resolve conflicts in a way that reflects God’s love through Christ.
Since God has sacrificial key reconciled us to himself, He expects us to pursue reconciled relationships (Romans 12:16,18;Ephesians 4:2-3; see: God expects forgiven people to forgive).
Repeated call to pursue unity
- “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud,… Do not be conceited (Rom. 12:16).
- “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Rom. 12:18).
- “Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philippians 2:14).
- “It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Pr. 20:3).
- “Make every effort to live in peace with all men…” (Heb. 12:14)
Two main principles
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