So thankful and encouraged by the Relationship Series that we are presently hearing during our Sunday Morning Gatherings. We are so blessed to hear Biblical Teaching in this Sermon Series. Doing Life Together has its challenges, and as we pull in close to each other, there are going to be times that we hurt one another. Yet God is all about His church living at peace with one another. Romans 12:16-21 gives us a great outline on how we can put conflict to rest and stay healthy in our relationships. Notice what Paul wrote:
Be Aggressive: By being aggressive, verse 16 shows us to be of the same mind toward one another. If you are not on good terms with somebody, go to them immediately and work it out – So Be Aggressive!
- Be Humble: Do not be haughty in mind or be wise in your own estimation (verse 16). Do you want a quick end to conflict? Never allow yourself to be too proud to listen to the other person.
- Be Positive: Never pay back evil for evil. Respect what is right in the sight of all (verse 17). Focus on the other’s strengths not their weaknesses.
- Be Peaceable: If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone (verse 18). Fight through your pride, and say, “I want to work this out.”
- Be Forgiving: Never take your own revenge (verse 19). Forgiveness is moving from “You owe me!” to “You owe me nothing.” We will not have enduring relationships without forgiveness. Choose to release others. Bury the hatchet and bury the handle too!
- Be Strong: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (verse 21). Let God lead you in these 6 steps to overcoming conflict that will encourage long lasting relational stability.
So…which one of these steps do I need to focus on? Which one do I do well? Which one is a struggle? How is God calling me to change?