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The Bible calls Christians to make peace, and sometimes that means we need to enter the conflict of others.

Key Points:

  • Sometimes tensions or differences come up in relationships. Dysfunctional families and churches have a culture of ignoring problems.
  • There will always be some people for whom reconciliation is difficult because of their family history or other factors. We should be patient with these people. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
  • As leaders in the church, we should intervene in interpersonal conflict using wisdom and caution. Galatians 6:1
  • In Christ, we are indeed our brother’s keeper. That’s the way love thinks and acts. James 5:19

Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

See Also: Conflict

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Share a time when you tried to be a peacemaker in someone’s conflict. What happened?
  3. Read James 5:19. How does this impact your readiness to engage in conflict?
  4. Read Matthew 6:14. Do you think this verse should be taken literally? Explain.
  5. How would you respond if someone said they would never forgive another person? Would you step in on this grudge? Explain.
  6. How much wisdom should you seek from others before entering into a conflict to become a peacemaker? When does it turn into gossip?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.