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Matthew 18:10-20

“If another believer[d] sins against you,[e] go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 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. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”  v. 15-17

Are you good at conflict?  I am not asking if you like to argue, I am asking if you handle conflict well?  This is a challenge for me.  I really dislike conflict, and have found from personal experience my tendency has been to avoid instead of confront.  When I choose to do this, the situation tends to get worse than better.  Jesus tells us that we should handle conflict with one word . . . communication!  I know, powerful.  Here is really what need to happen:

  • You communicate privately!
  • You communicate the hurt, disagreement, confusion, situation, sin!
  • You communicate care, resolution and restoration!

Many times conflict happens when communication doesn’t, when expectations aren’t known or met, and when sin isn’t confronted.  However, the next time a conflict is on the verge of happening, take the high road, pray, listen, then talk.  You might be surprised by the outcome!

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