The Peacemaker - A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

Chapter 3: Trust in the Lord and Do Good
"The Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him."  Ps. 32:10b
If you believe that God is watching over you with perfect love and unlimited power, you will be able to serve him faithfully as a peacemaker, even in the most difficult circumstances.
God is Sovereign:

  1. Our example of Paul and Jesus in the midst of suffering
    • They knew God was in complete control of everything that happened in their lives
Knowing that he (God) has personally tailored the events of our lives and is looking out for us at every moment should dramatically affect the way we respond to conflict.
God is Good:

  1. God weilds His power with perfect love
  2. God never gives more than we can handle
  3. God does not always reveal His purposes, but is always good!
    • "As we trust God with the 'secret things', remember all he has already done for us through Christ... we will experience greater peace...and be enabled to serve him more effectively as peacemakers."
The Path has been Marked:

  1. We trust in spite of questions, doubts, and fears
  2. When the Lord's response does not match our request, we can be willing to believe He has something better in mind.
Trust is a Decision

  1. "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction." Deuteronomy 30:15
He set before me a choice - his way or my way.  If I chose my own way, I was on my own.
When you are involved in a conflict, you too must decide whether or not you will trust in God.  Trusting God does not mean believing that he will do all that you want, but rather believing that he will do everything he knows is good.

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