Last evening I spoke a the East Walker Church of Christ in Sumiton, Alabama as a guest for their Summer Series. Their theme this year was “My Favorite Scripture.” I admit I struggled with the topic; too many came to mind. i could have chosen any of the following:
2 Cor 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Cor 4:18, “as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
1 Cor 15:57, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Rom 1:16; Col 1:15-20; John 8:24; John 1:14; Micah 6:8 or one of many other scriptures.
I finally settled on a couple of passages that deal with a topic
that I think is important in our day and age. The topic is Conflict Resolution and the Scriptures are Matthew 5:23-24 and Matthew 18:15-18. In these two passages I find the following six step guide to resolving conflict:
- You recognize their is a conflict.
- YOU go (If you are the one offended – go: If you are the offender – go).
- You go the the OTHER person involved.
- You go to them in PRIVATE (alone).
- You go so you can BOTH discuss the issue.
- You discuss the issue for the purpose of RECONCILIATION.
What are your favorite scriptures? Why? What lessons do they teach?