What Does The Bible Say About Settling Disagreements



-December 20, 2020-

What Does The Bible Say About Settling Disagreements

Mike Burroughs

Who went up to heaven and came down? Who picked up the wind in their fists? Who put water in a dress? Who built all the ends of the earth? What`s his name and his son`s name? I`m sure you know it! But we believe that we will be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, as they are. All the people were silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul, talking about the miracles and miracles God had done by them among the nations. After they had stopped speaking, James replied: "My brothers, listen to me. Simeon recounted how God first took care of taking a pagan people for his name. I also notice that there are some of you who have a very painful history. I don`t want to minimize the pain you`ve experienced in abusive relationships. What Jesus asks for in this passage is not easy and can ask for professional help to achieve it. But Jesus is clear. Conflicts need to be dealt with quickly. In verse 23-24, it even implies that conflict resolution is even more important than worship - to the point that if you are in the midst of divine service and you remember that your brother has something against you, you must leave divine service, be reconciled with your brother and then return to divine service. Is it possible that God does not even accept our worship until we have done everything right with our brothers and sisters? This is what this passage seems to say, and passages like 1 John 4:20 support it: "If someone says, "I love God," but his brother hates, then he is a liar. For he who hates his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. The only exception to this rule is when you speak to God about the conflict you have. This is a necessary step. Let us pray on the conflict you have before you approach it with the other person.

But go humbly in prayer. Ask God to show you where you are wrong. Ask for wisdom to identify the parts of the conflict you have and work on those things before you talk to the person. I know a marriage counsellor who has always applied what he calls the "10%rule" when couples come to see him.


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