SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021,
9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus)
11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus)
Peace with Others Series, GO and Be Reconciled
Matthew 5:23-24 tells us to initiate reconciliation with others. We have already unpacked what comes before forgiveness in giving a proper apology, repentance, making right personal and material wrongs as much as possible. But forgiveness has two parts and reconciliation is the goal—not always the end result. This Sunday, what forgiveness is and is not is entirely counter-cultural, just like Jesus.
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REVIEW: Four “G”s, In dealing well with conflict there are four “G”s
1. GLORIFY GOD--1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
How can I please and honor God in this situation?
2. GET THE LOG OUT OF YOUR EYE--Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from the other person's eye.
How can I show Jesus’ work in me by taking responsibility for my contribution to this conflict?
3. GENTLY RESTORE--Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
How can I lovingly serve others by helping them take responsibility for their contribution to this conflict?
How can I demonstrate the forgiveness of God and encourage a reasonable solution to this conflict?
FORGIVENESS OPENS THE WAY FOR RECONCILIATION
1. Forgive, as God Forgave You
Forgiveness is a decision modelled after God's forgiveness of us.
Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:32
2. You Cannot Do it Alone
3. Not a Feeling, nor Forgetting, nor Excusing
EXCURSUS: Keep in mind that sometimes we feel wronged when the other person did not sin against us which requires emotional maturity to work through our feelings of pride, etc.
4. Forgiveness Is a Decision
FORGIVENESS INVOLVES Four Promises:
Hurt you not
5. When Should You Forgive?
6. Can You Ever Mention the Sin Again?
7. What About Consequences?
8. Overcoming Unforgiveness
9. Reconciliation and the Replacement Principle
1. In Thought
2. In Word
3. In Deed
For Reflection and Discussion:
(From Resolving Everyday Conflict Participant Guide)