I’m going to go out on a limb here and say “Almost everyone I know (including me!) thinks they’re way better at handling conflict than they really are!” Some (like me) think they’re good at it because of their ability to avoid it; others think they’re good at it because they “speak their mind” freely. These are usually the ones who feel better but leave a trail of destruction in their path. Guys, the truth is conflict is tough stuff with God, but it’s usually a train-wreck without God. So are you ready to be shocked? (Oh no! Not another shock!) Here it is “conflict can actually be a good thing when handled in a good way!”
Every “Unstoppable Team” has to walk to and through adversity in general and conflict in particular. Just weeks after the early church was founded its continued success was threatened by some people unhappy with some other people. The church handled it God’s way and the result was the church thrived! What did they do? How were they able to not just manage but mine conflict for its value? Join us this Sunday as we examine Acts 6:1-7. In week two of our series, we will discover four ways to handle a hurdle, grow a relationship and do something truly great for the kingdom of God.
Whether it’s in our country, home, business or church we need to know and practice these principles so make sure you join us! My guess is your friends and family are facing or will face conflict so why not invite them. In fact, here’s a real crazy idea… if you are having a conflict with someone, invite them to join you as God does beautiful things through His Word. I’d better get back to work so I’ll let you go. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with those you love and will cap it off by coming for a time in worship and the Word this Sunday.
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. Remember my “KARP” assignment from last week as we contemplate our Better Together merger recommendation. Keep and Open mind; Attend one of our Town Halls (September 9th at noon or September 16th at 5 PM) or ask an elder; Read through the brochure; and Pray for God’s peace, will and wisdom.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Acts 6:1-4 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Acts 6:5-7 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
Proverbs 6:16-20 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 18:13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Proverb 24:26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Proverbs 26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.