|Doing Nothing Equals Something
Forgive us our debts…Matthew 6:12
In fact, we can sin against God by omission — by doing nothing. As James 4:17 tells us, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Therefore, if we are involved in a conflict and neglect opportunities to serve others (by failing to bear their burdens, gently restore them, etc.), we are guilty of sin in God’s eyes.
Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 119
Food for Thought
By neglecting to do good, we end up neglecting God.
Have you ever been in a situation and you just knew you were being asked to do something good, say something good, be something good — but you didn’t do it, say it, or be it? No doubt we all have. In the wake of those moments, we often feel like we’ve neglected someone. But how often do we live with the awareness that we’ve neglected God in those moments?
When we do something unto the least of our brothers or sisters, we’re doing it as unto the Lord. And when we don’t something unto the least of our brothers and sisters, we’re not doing it unto the Lord. Omission by another name is neglect. And neglect in God’s eyes is sin. Sincerely confess it to God, and ask him to help you to “do good” in that relationship in the future.
Resources To Help You Respond to Conflict Biblically
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