15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Matthew 18:15-20 (ESV)
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 (ESV)
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
James 1:19 (ESV)
1. What is your usual response to conflict - escape or attack or both? Why do you think that is?
2. How might focusing first on God (Who he is, and what he has done) help you reflect on yourself and the other person you are in conflict with?
3. How might God be asking you to respond in your current conflict? How might that response change the course of this conflict?
4. Not all conflict ends the way we want, but we must persevere in love. Pray graciously and lovingly for the person you are in conflict with.