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How to Resolve Conflict

There are too many TV courts airing today to count. We find it entertaining to watch people yell and whine about the most ridiculous situations. But have you ever wondered how we got here?

With disputes from divorce to “that fast food restaurant made me fat,” our nation is taking every issue they have to court. “I’ll sue you” is slowly morphing from a threat to a catch phrase.

A similar situation happened in the land of Corinth. Paul opens his letter to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 6 fussing at them for their “I’ll sue you” nature. “If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?” (v.1-2).

Paul peppers the people with questions to get them to see clearly the ridiculousness of their actions. He’s declaring that suing is not the answer to conflict - God is! If you’re in a conflict - whether it’s as simple as someone borrowing something without asking or as tough as dealing with divorce - take it to God and handle it in church, not the court. Handling conflict on our own assures us a loss. Give your conflict to God and watch Him turn it into joy!

Reflect:

  • Is there a conflict you need to give over to God?
  • Is there someone you aren't forgiving because you want to handle the conflict on your own?

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