As Paul and Barnabas planned to depart on their 2nd missionary a sharp conflict developed about the person who would accompany them. We will see the conflict was resolved by the two men in a way that furthered the gospel of Jesus.
Unfortunately, there is much sharp contention in our world, the USA and even in churches and families. I studied the “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande A in 2016-2017. Ken’s book is based on years of experience reconciling many kinds of conflicts using Biblical principles. Below is a summary of the book:
“The Slippery slope of conflict: Peace-Faking; Peace-Making; Peace-breaking”.” The 12 responses are fairly self-explanatory.
12 Responses to Conflict:
- Peace-faking– Escape responses; Denial, Flight, Suicide
- Peace-breaking– Attack responses; Assault, Litigation, Murder
- Peace-making–A. Personal Peacemaking responses; Overlook, Reconciliation, Negotiation, B. Assisted Peacemaking Responses; Mediation, Arbitration, Accountability
The Four G’s of Peacemaking
- Glorify God: How can I please and honor God in this situation?
- Get the log out of your own eye: How can I show Jesus’ work in me by taking responsibility for my contribution to this conflict?
- Gently restore: How can I lovingly serve others by helping them take responsibility for their contribution to this conflict?
- Go and be reconciled: How can I demonstrate the forgiveness of God and encourage a reasonable solution to this conflict?”
Resolve to be a peace-maker and encourager every day. B
Henry Luke 1/2/2018