The Peacemaker - A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

This book is SUCH a challenge for me!  In our ministry, we counsel a lot with the young adults at our mission's Bible Institute and there is a TON of personal conflict within the dorms!  It's hard to live with peers at this tender age while going through the stress of school and ministry training.  I have found it SO refreshing to read and gather Biblical advice to pass along as I am given the opportunities to share the Word with each student who comes to "chat", not to mention my own struggle with personal conflicts.  I continue to be amazed at how the Lord uses them in my life to conform me to the image of His Son!  

Chapter 2: Live at Peace
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18

3 Dimensions of Peace: 
  1. Peace with GOD (only through Jesus)
  2. Peace with OTHERS (unity)
  3. Peace within YOURSELF (a by-product of righteousness - Is. 32:17)
    • Reconciled to God
    • Receive righteousness
    • Obey His commands (love others)
Jesus' reputation depends on unity:
  • Unity and peace show God's work and presence in your life (love even when it seems impossible)
  • Jesus commands us to seek reconciliation over worship (1 John 4:19-21)
The Enemy of Peace:
  • Satan promotes conficts
  • When we focus on our opponents we fail to see the "real" adversary
  • We must admit our own sin in the conflict and guard against the enemy
Strive:
  • We must agonize for peace and unity as a gladiator for his life
  • Rejoice in diversity (unity and peace don't always mean we agree on everything!) with maturity
Lawsuits:
  • The courts have taken the place of Biblical peacemaking!
  • The benefits of settling disputes within the church are GREAT
    • Actively encourage forgiveness
    • point to Christ and deal with the root of the problem
    • Develop more complete remedies
    • Preserves our witness for Christ
I simply leave you with a quote to finish up this week's chapter:
When peace and unity characterize your relationships with other people, you show that you are God's child and he is present and working in your life.  (Matthew 5:9)
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