Solve conflicts one to one

Matthew 5:21-26

As a seasoned saint, can you honestly say that you get along with everyone in your walk of life? Can you quickly dissolve quarrels and arguments, without them turning violent, or are you the one who fuels the fire? Do you speak soft words to appease those who sometimes get angry? What steps do you take while engaging in conflict resolution? Christ’s theme in all His teachings was centered around love. Everything we do should be based on God’s love. In a world filled with sin and evil, Christians are the last ones you’d expect to get caught up in unnecessary quarrels amongst each other. We are to be a light to the world, and salt that flavors the earth. When believers fight against each other, they should be mature enough to solve their issues quickly. There’s no sin in being angry, but if that anger is left unchecked, it can quickly turn into jealousy and rage, that’ll eventually lead to disorderly behavior.

Jesus taught that we should make peace with our brothers and sisters, even before offering gifts to God. This proves that God cares more for unity in the body of Christ, rather than offerings and gifts. We are God’s people, and the sheep of His pasture. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). We weren’t saved, set free, and delivered from sin only to fight and bicker with our brother. We have work to do for God, that requires our full attention. There’s no time to waste arguing over futile matters, but believers should focus more on unity amongst the body, and witnessing to the lost souls that remain.

Walk in love,

Ell

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