3 – Caught in the Crossfire
Big Idea: You can’t control conflict, but you can control yourself.
When conflict happens around us, even if it has nothing to do with us, it affects us.
- We try to fix it.
- We try to flee it.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
You can choose to focus on the conflict or you can choose to focus on trusting Him to get you through it.
1. Pray for Peace
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
2. Take a Break
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the Earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at swelling.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
– What are your friends and family most likely to fight about? Why that conflict stressful, even when it has nothing to do with you?
– Are you more likely to try to fix conflict that has nothing to do with you or run away from it? Why?
– Why is it hard to believe that God can give you peace when everything around you is intense? How might you get better at this?
– Why is focusing on your response better than focusing on the conflict?
– How do you apply what you heard tonight? Where did this series help the most? Why?