Navigating Conflict

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By Paul Priddy, February 12, 2023

2 Samuel 12:7-9;13 “7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 

“13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

When We Repent to God, God is Faithful to Forgive us of our Sins.

1 John 1:9“ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

When We Sin Against a Person, We Also Sin Against God.

1. Repent to God.

2. If possible, Repent to the person you’ve sinned against.

Matthew 5:24 “24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 18:15-18 “15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

When we’ve been sinned against, we should FIRST have a conversation WITH the person, not ABOUT the person.

Lovingly confronting sin eliminates the power of the enemy to fracture relationships and instead leads to transparency and connection in relationships.

Matthew 18:22 “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Jesus is telling us we must forgive.

There is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.

Forgiveness is about not harboring resentment for what has been done. Restoration is about restoring the relationship.

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Ephesians 2:1-6;8-9 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

We Can Forgive Others When We Understand the Extent To Which We’ve Been Forgiven By God.