1 Corinthians 1:9

Monday, May 11, 2020

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Tonight we continue with Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. He writes to a church that is in deep conflict. Not with simply one issue, but many!

Conflict is inevitable in life. Conflict exists between friends, neighbors, spouses, family members and, yes, churches. This isn’t a new thing – it goes right back to the very early church.
This verse from the very beginning of a rather long book gives a glimpse into how we, as Jesus followers, look to handle conflict – by trusting in God.
Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t act… we do – but we act in HOPE – Seeking a resolution that is in the best interest of everyone involved – not simply ourselves.

The way of the cross demands that we look for ways that honor the person or people with whom we are in conflict. To the world that sounds just foolish – but to Jesus followers, it is the way of Christ.

We know that it is possible because God is faithful – God will walk with us, equip us and guide us into ways of seeking resolution that lifts up our neighbor – and doesn’t drag them down.

Let’s pray:
Faithful God, be with us when we find ourselves in conflict. Grant us wisdom to seek a resolution that honors the other person. Amen.

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