Peacemeal – April 9, 2008…An Opportunity To Serve

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PeaceMeal: Food for Thought on Biblical Peacemaking

An Opportunity to Serve

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.
If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” Matthew 18:15

Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people. When others are weighed down with problems and stress, God will sometimes use us to encourage them and help carry their burdens. In other situations, we may be able to give helpful advice, provide a positive example, or suggest creative solutions to problems. Best of all, conflict can provide the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel, even to people who are attacking us.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 143

Food for Thought

It seems when we’ve got many problems and much stress, conflict comes at us faster than ever.  Our emotions are intensified and things we may have overlooked now become full blown conflicts.  No matter which way we turn, it stares us in the face.  While this doesn’t provide an excuse to treat others poorly or unfairly, it does provide much opportunity for peacemaking.

The same is true for those around us.  There could be circumstances in their life causing them to respond differently than they normally would.  Their burden may be too big for them to carry alone.  You just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.  God put you in their path to speak a kind word, offer forgiveness, give advice, or be a listening ear.  To put it simply, to serve them.  And when we’re serving others, our view of a conflict will often change.

Be on the lookout today for special God-given opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ even in the midst of conflict. When you actively model the gospel in action, you are making the most of every opportunity to serve other people.

Resources to Help You Respond to Conflict Biblically
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