Peacemaking for Disciples –

A comparison of “The 4 G’s of Peacemaking and The 12 Responses to Conflict” A reveal only 3 responses available to the disciple walking in the Spirit and keeping the New Testament commandments. B Obviously no one walking in the Spirit can respond with Peace-faking or Peace-breaking responses. Note that the most severe responses are suicide and murder. [See link for Homicide-Suicide data-click here. In 2014 in USA: 16,108 Homicides & 41,143 Suicides. 2.6 Suicides for each Homicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 34 in the United States.]

Assisted Peace-making Responses require bringing 3rd parties into the conflict and occasionally may be required A. The Peace-making response “Accountability” is when it is necessary to involve church leaders in resolving conflicts as described in Matthew 18:15-20.

This leaves the 3 Personal Peacemaking responses.

  1. Overlook an offense – This is for the relatively minor offenses that can be overlooked and forgiven. The wise person will overlook these offenses as described in Proverbs 19:11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. We must be careful to forgive and forget or these offenses will build to a boiling point of anger.
  2. Reconciliation – If an offense is too serious to overlook or has damaged the relationship, we need to resolve personal or relational issues by applying the 4 G’s of Peacemaking. A If “your brother has something against you. . . go and be reconciled” [Matthew 5:23-24]. Paul and Barnabas used this response in Acts 15:36-41. God was glorified as 2 teams of missionaries departed to proclaim the Gospel.
  3. NegotiationEven if we successfully resolve relational issues, we may still need to work through material issues related to money, property, or other rights. This should be done through a cooperative bargaining process in which the parties seek to reach a settlement that satisfies the legitimate needs of each side. do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,…”  [Philippines 2:4-8].

Resolve in the New Year to use the overlook or reconciliation response to conflict.

Notes: A- For “The 4 G’s of Peacemaking and The 12 Responses to Conflict” click here. B- For New Testament Commandments click here

Henry Luke 1/3/2018 revised 2/24/2018

For how to have peace with God click here and then how to have peace of God click here

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