“Conflicts: The Good” (Under the Juniper Tree S4E6)

Under the Juniper Tree Season 4, Episode 6 for Thursday, October 27, 2016

Conflicts are not all bad. In fact, there are benefits that come out of conflict.

Outline

I.       Conflicts are Not a Bad Thing

  • A.     Often man will hear the word “conflict” and think of knock down drag out arguments.
  • B.     That is not what is usually meant when we say conflict.
    • 1.      It could be a simple disagreement that needs to be solved.
    • 2.      A problem that we have in our lives.
  • C.     Conflicts are not bad.
    • 1.      James 1:3-5
    • 2.      There are benefits to going through conflicts.
  • D.     Since conflicts are not bad, how do we resolve them?

II.     The Bible Speaks of the Christians Need to Resolve Conflicts

  • A.     Matt. 5:23-24
    • 1.      V. 23 – Presents the fact that there is a conflict between Jews. The Jews would give gifts at the altar (sacrifices under the OT law). So, if a Jew was on his way to the altar to give his sacrifice but remembers that there is a conflict between himself and another Jew. What is he to do?
    • 2.      V. 24 – Settle the difficulty before you offer the sacrifice!
  • B.     Matt. 18:15
    • 1.      There are certain rules to follow when resolving conflicts.
    • 2.      V. 15 – Go alone
    • 3.      V. 16 – Take two faithful people with you
    • 4.      V. 17 – Take the church.
    • 5.      V. 18-20 – We have Heaven’s stamp of approval.

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