“Peace” Part 3 Is This Worth The Conflict
“Peace”- Part 3
Is This Worth the Conflict?
Four Principles of Conflict
1. ______________ God.
2. Get the _________ out of your eye.
3. Go and __________ your brother his fault.
4. Go and be ____________________.
Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Conflict is ________________ but conflict can be _________________.
Ben Franklin once said, “An _______________ of prevention is worth a _______________ of cure.” Proverbs 17:14, 19:11
Big Idea: Sometimes, the best way to get ____________ a conflict is to ___________________ the conflict.
Another way of saying this: “When is it _____________ to give up my _________________?”
Our example is ____________________. Genesis 13:6-12
6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
1. How important are “_____ _______________” in this situation?
Two questions to help us evaluate the ________________ of conflict:
1. Does the offense create a ____________ between you and the other person for more than a _____________ period of time?
2. Does the offense do serious harm to God’s ______________, to others, or to the ___________________?
Really think you need to respond? ________________!
2. What is the ______________ of engaging in this conflict?
3. Is demanding “my rights” mostly for ________ benefit or the benefit of ______________?
The entire word of God is _____________ of direction to followers of Jesus to set aside their rights.
1 Corinthians 10:32-33
32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
4. Will overlooking the conflict show my ___________ in God?
By offering Lot the first choice, Abraham is showing his _______________ in God’s provision.
Do you believe that God will __________ __________ of your needs?
5. Will laying down my rights serve God’s ________________?
Our example here is _________________. Genesis 50:19-20
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Our greatest example is ___________. Philippians 2:5-11
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.