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Day 63: Rising Above Conflict Within the Church

Mark 3:25: "And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand."

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Mark 3:25: "And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." Conflict within the church is never pleasant to deal with. It can arise for a variety of reasons, but in every situation, the goal should be unity. We are the body of Christ, and if we are divided, how can we work together to reach the lost and bring glory to God? We must do whatever it takes to restore our spiritual community to one mind again, even if it's hard. We must rise above that conflict for the greater purpose of the Kingdom of God..

Write down any issues you have with the church.  

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Faith-In-Action:  God wants us to resolve conflict in our personal relationships. 

1). Evaluate your own attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses. Matthew 7:5 admonishes, "First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Is the problem more yours than the other person's? Prayerfully seek God's perspective about your role and why you feel as you do about the situation.  

2). Ask, Is the issue worth pressing?  Is it worth your time and effort, or is it of no real consequence? Count the cost. If resolution does not count in the long run, perhaps you should overlook it and go to more important issues.

3). Stop, think—and pray.  How does God look at this situation? How does He view the other person? He is a God of wisdom and compassion. Seek to exemplify those traits. What does He want to happen in your relationship as you deal with this issue? Could this be a growing experience for all parties involved?



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