Sunday, July 1, 2018
(It happens to us all. Here are some things we should remember.)
1.Sometimes, our plans and desires are DIFFERENT than others’. (We can disagree!)
2.If God is LEADING you (and you’ve truly SOUGHT Him), don’t be intimidated by what others might think about it.
(Colossians 3:23; Romans 14:5; Galatians 1:10)
3.When at odds with someone, don’t SCHEME or play the VICTIM.
(Eph. 4:31; Philippians 2:3-4)
4.Don’t make DIFFERENCES with someone a matter of contention.
(Romans 15:1; John17:20-24; 1 Corinthians 1:10)
5.INTROSPECT: Is it possible that my perspective might be SKEWED?
(Acts 9:26, 11:25, 13:13)
6.Don’t SPIN matters and immediately assume the WORST.
(Romans 13:7; Matthew 12:34)
7.If there’s a problem that God doesn’t take away, HANDLE it – don’t HIDE it.
(Matthew 5:23-24, 18:15; Galatians 6)
8.Speak TRUTH in love and use words and tones that EDIFY.
(Ephesians 4:15, 29; Philippians 2:14)
9.There are always 2 sides to every situation, so let’s not be HASTY to draw CONCLUSIONS.
(James 1:19-20; Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24; 2 Timothy 4:9,11)
10. Sometimes we need an unbiased, CHRIST– centered third person to HELP.
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2. Have you ever experienced a disagreement that led to broken fellowship with someone? How might the situation have been handled differently such that fellowship might have been preserved?
3. When we have a legitimate grievance against someone, we might want to hide from it (not confront or talk about it) instead of handling it. When is this appropriate? When is this not appropriate?
4. Often during times of conflict with someone, our emotions want to dictate our behavior. What can we do to combat this? In what ways should we respond?