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The Monday After Sunday, March 15, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Conflict
Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen taught from the book of James on the pressure point of conflict.
We looked at James 4:1-10:
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:
1.”Conflict begins and ends with you.” -Pastor Josh Petersen
2. “The key to conflict resolution is humility. That’s the combatant — humility before God and humility before others.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #conflict
3. Jesus reconciled us to the Father. If we’re emulating Christ, conflict resolution isn’t about winning; it’s about reconciliation.
For the next seven days:
Take seriously the idea of being an ambassador of reconciliation to the world. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10