Lasting Through Conflict
(Jeremiah 31:3 NLT) . . . I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
• In contracts our focus is on personal advantage.
• In covenant our focus is on the others interest .
√ In conflict I fight for UNTIY not PERSONAL VICTORY.
(Ephesians 4:3 NIV) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
√ Poor COMMUNICATION.
(Psalm 141:3 NIV) Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
√ Unmet EXPECTATIONS.
(James 4:1-2 NIV) What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from your desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you quarrel and fight. . . .
√ Divide over DIFFERENCES.
(Mark 3:25 NIV) If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
√ The PERFECT person problem.
(Romans 3:23 NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Proverbs 2:9-11 NLT) . . . you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
(Galatians 2:20 NLT) My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
ACT not REACT.
(Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT) And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Focus on the GOOD THINGS.
(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.
Apply God’s GRACE.
(Romans 12:21 NIV) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Remember God’s GRACE given to ME.
(1 John 4:8-11 MSG) The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.