YOUR CONFLICT STRATEGY…………….

Peacemaking ResponsesThis chart is the one I was attempting to draw last Sunday in the Adult Bible Study class on Conflict.  Thank you, Peacemaker International, for providing this chart!  Please come and joy our discussion this Sunday at 9:45 in the sanctuary.

I cannot stress enough how important it is be more self-aware of our personal conflict strategies.  Some of these strategies are innate in us.  Some of them were learned environmentally from our parents or guardians.

Most personal, emotional and spiritual growth happens in the “Peacemaking” area of this chart. Although there may may be legitimate instances when the only solution to our conflict is to flee or litigate, God desires us to grow and make peace.  The wise proverb says it best, “those who bring peace, have joy!”  

The skills of Peacemaking take intentional practice.  It doesn’t come natural to us to overlook a hurtful word spoken.  Negotiating often means compromise–not always easy.  But with time……….and the Holy Spirit’s working in us, it is possible to be better peacemakers.

Please come and participate in our study this Sunday.  In preparation, read Luke 6:27-36.  What is unique about what Jesus is saying?  How can the spirit of this verse bring change to those in conflict?

GET SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tonight is the Schulze Bible study.  But instead of meeting at the Schulze’s, we are meeting at the Glathar’s.  Bob and Kay live at 3002 Southwood Drive, Philomath, OR.  The study begins at 7 pm.  This should be a great discussion.  There is the perception that Christians are only interested in getting people saved.  Christians lack genuineness in their witness.  Is this true?  Should our only interest be in saving others?  How can the perception be changed?  Lets discuss!

PHILOMATH FOOD BANK……..Look for deals at the grocery store, think of the Philomath Food Bank, and donate!  Bins are ready to be filled at Peace!

Luke 6:27-36  –  Love Your Enemies

 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.