What About Personal Conflict? | Mt. 5:21-24; Mt. 18:15-17
I can’t predict the future or tell you what will happen tomorrow, but one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that if you are involved in the local church, you will have a conflict with another person at some point. That person may wrong you intentionally or unintentionally. In all likelihood, this conflict will not involve the violation of civil law, but it is a possibility. I also know this, there is a high likelihood that you will wrong another believer or someone will wrong one of your family members or a friend, who will then tell you what happened. Part of our issue in the church is we fail to deal with conflict biblically, and for this reason, we struggle as Christians, and we struggle to maintain an appropriate gospel witness in our community. We would do well to remember that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. It is vital for us to obey that commandment, but obedience will not just happen automatically. It requires biblical understanding and constant effort. How do you deal with conflict in your life? How you handle conflict, whether it be a family member, with other believers, or even those in the world, will either advance God’s kingdom or hinder it. Others will either see Christ in you and be drawn to him, or they will see a sinful, selfish person who claims to be a Christian and be repelled. This message will focus on handlung persnonal conflict.