Why Conflict Resolution is Possible
I wanted to make you aware of this new resource. I have not read this book yet, but I intend to. You can buy the book here or read a short overview of the book here. As we continue to talk about and teach from the Bible the topic of Conflict Resolution, it helps me to be more aware of conflict in my own life. Conflict that I might often pass over as insignificant, I now see as having the potential for growth or devastation.
We will introduce the concept of reconciliation this week. The dictionary defines reconciliation as restoring friendly relations between two people. In fact the origin of the word helps us understand its meaning as well. From the Latin re-“back” + conciliare-“bring together”. Reconciliation is a bringing back together.
Paul reminds us in Romans 5:10-11, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
For those of us who have experienced this reconciliation through a relationship with Jesus, Paul says to the Corinthians, “All this is from God (new creation in Christ), who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation (the gospel).
As we continue with the topic of conflict resolution, we must understand and remember the greatest conflict that stood between us and God. We must never forget the great cost of God Himself in reconciling us to Himself. If we get this wrong, or neglect to keep this truth (God’s reconciling us to Himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus), then we will probably fail at most of our attempts at conflict resolution (if we even attempt them at all).
Take the time to watch this short video. Take the time to be freshly amazed at the Savior’s love for you.