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Biblical View Of Conflict And Reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24, Colossians 3:13)

Don Bodley, 11 October 2015

Part of the Worship series, preached at a Sunday Morning service


  • Go and be reconciled (Matt. 5.24) -An Imperative or command calling for positive action.
  • Get the Log out of your own eye (Matt. 7:5)
  • Inspecting your heart(Matt. 15:19). Jesus taught that the heart is where our thoughts, desires, words and actions start, and it is here that we identify how we might have contributed to the conflict.
  • Confessing sins(Prov. 28:13). Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confess and foresakes them will obtain mercy.
  • Repentance which, if genuine, should lead to change behaviour (Ezekiel 14:6). "Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your face from all your abominations".
  • Gently restoring.(Gal. 6:1) calls for us to humbly and patiently help with their restorations to righteousness by tactful caring correction.
  • Christian forgiveness:

    • Col. 3:13: "Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive".
    • (Sande) not just a feeling, forgetting or excusing but releasing the offender without requiring a penalty.
    • A Peacemaker Ministries arcticle says it is to forgive, pardon, set free, to be set free, releasing guilt and the burden of bearing grudges.
  • Overcome evil with good - (Romans 12:21). Teaches this because our natural instinct is to retaliate and fight back. Again the tongue is a dangerous weapon that must be controlled.

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Matthew 5:23-24

23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (KJV)

Colossians 3:13

13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (KJV)