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

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (ESV)

Colossians 3:13

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. (ESV)

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