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Source of CONFLICT? (James 3:15 – 4:1 NLT) What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
√ It’s natural to … SEE OTHERS FAULTS. (slow to see our OWN)
√ It’s natural to … WANT TO WIN and pin the BLAME. (Adam –> Eve –> Blamed snake)
√ It’s never about being FAIR; it’s about getting OUR WAY.
(James 4:2-3 NLT)) … so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.
√ Make PRE-FIGHT DECISIONS.
√ Choices LEAD and Feelings FOLLOW.
Avoiding the CONFLICT POT HOLES. GIVE YOU THREE THINGS
(Song of Songs 5:2-6 NIV) SHE:…. 4 My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him….. 6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.
(Song of Songs 6:1-3 NLT1-3**) Friends: Where has your lover gone,?…..She: My lover has gone down to his garden,
1. I will ACT, NOT REACT. can’t do w\o love of God , WORLDS SAY YOU ALWAYS TAKE UP A NOCH
(1 Peter 2:23 NLT) He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
(Song of Songs 6:4-6 NLT) …Your teeth are as white as sheep that are freshly washed. Your smile is flawless, each tooth matched with its twin.
(Song of Songs 6:9 NLT) …my dove, my perfect one— the favorite of her mother, dearly loved by the one who bore her.
2. I will focus on the GOOD, not BAD.
(Philippians 4:8 NLT) ..Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
(Song of Songs 6:11-13 NLT) … Before I realized it, I found myself in the royal chariot with my beloved.
3. I will TALK, not WALK.
(2 Corinthians 6:12-13 NLT) …our hearts are open to you… but you have withheld your love from us.
UNENDING LOVE 1Cor13:7 never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
(Ephesians 4: 26-27 NLT) … Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
(1 John 4:8-11 NLT) … But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.