The key to unity is not the removal of all conflict. It’s a…
Jesus anticipated two ways conflict could disrupt peaceful relationships among his followers.
He gave specific directives about two potential sides of conflict.
In each case, Jesus emphasized the importance of protecting unity by placing urgency of reconciled relationships.
1. Your brother has something against you
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24).
2. Your brother sins against you
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person…
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