THOUGHT: If we’re going to live out the kind of conflict resolution that God wants, we must first check our own hearts.
BIBLE: “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” Matthew 5:21-22
TRANSCRIPT: Think about the last conflict you had, maybe it was just a few minutes ago, and it was harsh and it was tense, and maybe right now your heart is still beating fast because of it, or maybe you're still super agitated whenever you hear this person's name, whenever you think about that situation, your blood pressure starts to build. It's easy to allow anger to really get a hold of us, and it can prevent you from actually resolving conflicts and growing that relationship. So before we get into the whose fault was it and what needs to happen, we need to stop, pump the brakes for a minute and really self-assess your own anger toward this person and toward the situation. Jesus speaks directly about this in Matthew 5, verse 21-22, he says this, "You have heard it said to your ancestors, do not murder and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you, anyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment." Wow. He said, man, if you're allowing anger to continually control you...
He goes on to even say in the next couple of verses, if you allow your anger to come out and you're calling them names, and you're just venting your anger, listen, that's not gonna help you. Anger, uncontrolled, unrestrained in your life is not gonna produce the righteous life that God desires, it's only going to drive that relationship in the ground. So maybe before you can resolve a conflict, you really have to ask God to help resolve the anger in you to put out that fire of anger and allow you to be at peace in your own heart, then to make peace with others.
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