When I was a kid I hated getting a splinter. My parents insisted that had come out and sometimes they'd use a needle. When I complained they'd say it's worse if it stays in there. Resolving conflict can be a little bit like having a splinter. Man, it's hard it hurts. Try and resolve it but if it sits. It can do a whole lot more damage.
This past Sunday, in Genesis 37 we saw an example of unresolved conflict. Eleven brothers hated the 12th Joseph because he was their father's favorite. So when they got chose to belong they sold him into slavery. They staged his death and then they comforted his father over his alleged death. What happened to these guys. Where's their soul where's their conscience. We got eaten up by unresolved conflict. What do we do when we face conflict. Well, two things first let's remember at the cross Jesus took on angering took on jealousy and he took on hatred in him.
We have the power to step into conflict. That's why. Paul says in Romans 12:18, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men."
If you have conflict could you take a step towards that person? In the hope that the all-powerful god might resolve them. Second. I have unresolved conflict in my life and I imagine you do too. And the hope we have is like we saw in Genesis 37, the life of Joseph God continued to work as purposes through unresolved conflict.
Conflict doesn't have to control us because we know God controls conflict.
Andy MacFarlane - Lead Pastor