1 – Let’s Fight
2 ways we handle conflict:
- The way it’s been modeled for you.
- The same way as the person on the other side of the battle line.
The reality is that when it comes to conflicts in our lives, we love to be right
The more we fight to be right or prove we’re right, the more our relationships suffer.
Big Idea:Making peace > Making a point.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
1. Give your best effort
2. To keep the unity of the Spirit
3. Strive to make peace
Am I fighting to be right, or am I fighting for the relationship?
> Think about yourself
> Think about them
– What’s the main thing that causes conflict and fighting in your life right now?
– If you only care about being right and winning the argument, how does that make your relationships suffer?
– Paul tells us to “make every effort” to maintain peace. What does that look like when you are in a conflict?
– Why do you think God wants us to fight FOR our relationships? When you fight FOR the relationship, what are you communicating to the people you have conflict with?
– How would you respond differently if you believed that you didn’t have to win the argument to be important?
– What is one way you can show people that they matter, even when you have a disagreement with them this week?