Syntyche’s Blog

Scripture Reading – Philippians 4: 2-3

Blog Title – Moments in Ministry

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About Me -Woman Minister in the Church at Philippi.

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Blog Excerpt –

Christian Conflict Resolution

There are people who avoid any and all conflict; instead they ignore the problem. This only leads to bigger problems in the future.

Sometimes avoiding arguments seems like ‘what a good Christian should do’. However, conflict can be handled without heated arguments that lead to personal attacks or painful divisions within the church.

After being involved in a public disagreement within our church and being gently rebuked by Paul, I sat down and thought hard about better ways to resolve issues.

Dos and Don’ts of Conflict Management:

Do –

  • Pray about problem and solution.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.
  • Pray for God’s outcome – that His will be done.
  • Confront issues sooner rather than later.
  • Confront in love.
  • See your adversary as God sees him/her.
  • Speak thoughtfully and encouragingly.
  • Handle the matter privately.
  • Agree to disagree.
  • Compromise.
  • Forgive.

 Don’t –

  • Sweep issues under the rug.
  • Be afraid to address legitimate concerns.
  • Make the issue about what you want – about what makes you happy.
  • Gossip or spread lies and rumors.
  • Belittle your adversary.
  • Speak harshly.

Scripture Message –

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:18-20

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Have you been involved in an adversarial relationship with a fellow Christian or with someone within your church? How do you recommend handling conflict while remaining true to Christian values?

Brianna

Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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