This is a great little book! Ken Sande writes about the causes of conflict and warns about the tragic results of unresolved conflict. I am not sure I have met anyone in my life that does not have some sort of conflict around them. What does God have to say about this? Well, we are called to peace. ” Make every Effort (strive eagerly, earnestly, diligently) to guard the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3.
He presents a Gospel-centered conflict resolution process that begins with us understanding how graciously He treats us through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we fully receive the mercy of the God of the universe, it can’t help but flow out to others. This is the Vertical and Horizontal flow of the Gospel.
How do you respond to conflict? Some of us love it. We run toward it like a lion. Others of us run away. We escape like a turtle pulling our heads into our shell. In the biblical approach, God calls us to be peacemakers, entering into conflict to glorify God, serve others and become more like Jesus.
So it comes down to this: Four questions answered by four G’s.
1. How can I focus on God in this conflict? G1: Glorify God
2. How can I own my own part in this conflict? G2: Get the log out of my eye
3. How can I help others own their part in this conflict? G3: Gently restore
4. How can I give forgiveness and help reach a reasonable solution?
G4: Go and be reconciled
Each question and answer gets a chapter. These are very helpful, each one digging deeper into the practical outworking of the principle. I love the quote on unforgiveness. We all desire harmony in our relationships. I’ll bet we all see the extreme importance of Jesus’ prayer for our unity. Resolving Everyday Conflict is a practical, biblical and concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life that can turn troubled relationships into peaceful ones, all to the glory of our great God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God. Matthew 5:9
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