Day 21: Restoring Broken Fellowship

Because life is all about learning how to love, God wants us to value relationships and make the effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict… Paul wrote, “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you,… Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.” Paul taught that our ability to get along with others is a mark of spiritual maturity.

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..the second purpose of your life on earth is to learn how to love and relate to others, peacemaking is one of the most important skills you can develop.

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Peacemaking is not avoiding conflict. Running from a problem, pretending it doesn’t exist, or being afraid to talk about it is actually cowardice.

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Peacemaking is also not appeasement. Always giving in, acting like a doormat, and allowing others to always run over you is not what Jesus had in mind.

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Most conflict is rooted in unmet needs. Some of these needs can only be met by God.

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No one can meet all of your needs except God.

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Instead of looking to God, we look to others to make us happy and then get angry when they fail us. God says, “Why don’t you come to me first?”

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In conflict, time heals nothing; it causes hurts to fester.

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Listening says, “I value your opinion, I care about our relationship, and you matter to me.” The cliché is true: People don’t care what we know until they know we care.

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“First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

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Confession is a powerful tool for reconciliation.

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“Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.”

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..we can disagree without being disagreeable.

-Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren Chapter 20

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