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Peacemaking is one of the more misunderstood parts of this passage. Peacemaking is not peace-keeping, not is it avoiding conflict. Peacemaking is the intentional rebuilding of damaged relationships, making them stronger than they were before. It is not in us to do this, and reliance on Christ is our only hope for truly great relationships.
We discuss how conflict is handled in the books of Acts and how God can use anything, even us, to multiply His Kingdom.
Hans discusses Paul and Barnabas' conflict over John Mark and how because they do not give room for sin, it leads to multiplication of ministries
The power of praise to shake the world, meet conflict, and attract people to Jesus.
Dave continues his series from the book of Luke. Jesus teaches how to resolve conflict.
In teaching us to pray, 'forgive us as we forgive', Jesus gave us a one sentence prayer that has the power to revolutionize our relationship with God and with others. Sometimes we skip past this portion of the Lord's Prayer out of familiarity. But what is forgiveness? Why should we pray for forgiveness if we are already forgiven? How does our forgiveness empower us to forgive? Listen as we dig deeper into these questions and open up the power of God's forgiveness for our daily lives.
The passage is marked by three references to someone seeing something—the LORD seeing that Leah was hated, Rachel seeing that she bore no children, and Leah seeing that she had ceased bearing children. There is a clear contrast between what God sees and how God acts in relation to what He sees with what we see and how we act in response to it. God responds to what he sees by acting on behalf of the weak and oppressed. When we fail to pattern ourselves after God we only see what is to our disadvantage and act out of selfish wants. Such an attitude and the actions that follow it are a part of all human conflicts. Sadly, this marks God’s people as well, because they too are sinful. Still, God actually uses it all to produce his people. This does not mean conflicts and strife due to sinful selfishness are okay. Instead, it highlights all the more God’s mercy and grace in not treating us as our sins deserve and instead showering us with blessing. In light of our having been treated in this way, how ought we to treat others?
Our second fruit of the Spirit is peace. Would you be embarrassed if your name was read out loud in church because of an unresolved conflict? Well, for two women, this was a reality. Let's find out what Paul tells about real peace.