After the last discussion we had that included topics centered around that ever-present issue of unity in the church, Jarod and I wound up thinking about an issue that’s directly related to this: conflict.
How do Christians handle conflict with one another? What about when it’s with someone who’s outside the faith, as it so often can be?
We cover a few thoughts in this episode, and we’d love to hear your feedback as well. Last time I mentioned the book Advancing Christian Unity by Anthony Burgess, and I want to recommend it again. I will close out here with a brief quotation on how to handle division in our lives and in our churches:
Take heed that these divisions do not prove a snare to you. Bewail times of division, but make sure they do not divide between you and God, or you and truth. Instead:
- Walk humbly, renouncing your own strength, for it is God, not yourself, who must preserve you.
- Pray much for the Spirit of God to give you his anointing – and senses exercised to discern between good and evil.
- Take heed of fomenting differences and making the wounds wider. Instead, like the good Samaritan, bring oil, not salt, to the wound.
- Lastly, let this make you long for heaven, where the strife between brethren will cease.