Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9
Pastor Bruce Lerum
You’ve heard of waging war. Have you heard of someone waging peace?
Waging peace is a challenging prospect.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3
Peace often shows up the most notably amid conflict.
Conflict is nothing more than an invitation to trust God.
“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can [anyone] do to me?” Psalm 56:11
When in the midst of conflict, we are called to forgive.
That is to offer forgiveness rather than expect it.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
1. What is your preferred response to conflict?
2. How was conflict handled in your family of origin?
3. How can you use conflict as an opportunity to demonstrate the love and power of Jesus?
4. When is it appropriate to overlook an offense? Why is this not always the best response?
5. Have you been a part of a story of genuine forgiveness and reconciliation? Feel free to share your story.
6. When should you ask the church to intervene in a conflict?
7. Is there an issue of conflict that you need to deal with immediately?