What’s been done?

When dealing with conflict within the Church we wonder what the opposing parties are doing or have done to work out their problems. So Jack offended Jill by not picking up after himself in the Church kitchen and Jill got mad at him. Tempers flare, and communion plates fly as they start working through the deep seeded problems that they each have with each other. When the pastor steps in to sort it out, he may give them something like, “Five Steps to Working Through Conflict Among Believers”, but they need something deeper than the practical, at least at the onset.

What have you done to fix this? is a question we might ask. But there is a more important one that needs to be answered first: What has God done to fix this? God is a God of order and peace, especially among His people. So what has He done? Does He even care about your conflicts? Yes:

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

God cares about your conflicts so much that He sent Jesus to reconcile us to Himself. And what does that do for us? It makes it possible to be reconciled towards others. So next time you’re enraged towards others in your family or the Church or anyone (!), remember what Jesus has already done about your conflict. He cared enough to die and raise again that we might have victory.

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