4 – Resolving Conflict
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 5:2-6
Root Causes of Conflict:
1. Unmet expectations
“My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me.” – Song of Solomon 5:4
“I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.” – Song of Solomon 5:5
“I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone. My soul failed me when he spoke. I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer.” – Song of Solomon 5:6
How we can resolve conflict Biblically – three promises to make:
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3 – Sacred Sex
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 4
1. Sacred sex starts long before the bedroom.
“Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young.” – Song of Solomon 4:1-2
Before there is any physical intimacy, there is emotional intimacy being built.
“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely.… Read the rest
2 – Relational Pursuit
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-17
1. Relational preparation must come before relational pursuit.
“… For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
2. Relational practice understands Godly pursuit.
“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.… Read the rest
1 – Magnetic Attraction
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:1-7
“The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
your anointing oils are fragrant;
your name is oil poured out;
therefore virgins love you.
Draw me after you; let us run.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
I am very dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
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STANDING FIRM IN THE FIRE
Key Scripture: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7
Faith that is tested is faith that can be trusted.… Read the rest
4 – Stand in Faith
Key Scripture: “I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. … Read the rest
3 – Stand Strong
Key Scripture: “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” – Daniel 6:1-3
1. When God raises you up, expect people to tear you down.
“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. … Read the rest
2 – Stand Up
key scripture: Daniel 4:22-34
The decisions you make today pave the way for your decisions of tomorrow.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. Be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” – Galatians 6:1
1. God, help us to confront with the goal of restoration
2. God, help me to confront with caution.
“At the end of that time I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. … Read the rest
1 – Stand Out
Key Verse: “Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. … Read the rest