When good folks can’t get along for various reasons the only way to resolve the conflict is compromise. We lived in Austin Texas for several years and the slogan there was “Keep Austin Weird”. That gave me the liberty to come up with creative solutions for problems and I think other people interpreted it in the same way. For instance when the neighbor hated to see our garbage bin from their window — we designed a fence that covered it which kept everybody happy. Conflicts happen whether we like it or not, they’re a part of life. The way of dealing with conflict is to follow God’s word and respond obediently. Dealing with conflict isn’t always easy, but it can’t be ignored. Problems don’t disappear. Discover what the Bible teaches about conflict and how to deal with it:
“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs” (Proverbs 10:12).
“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel” (Proverbs 15:18).
Because of conflicts relationships don’t have to end. They remind us of our need for God in our lives. We need to see conflict as an opportunity to reveal the work of Christ in our lives. Jesus’ life was filled with conflict yet His purpose was fulfilled in spite of it. We need to follow Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).
After you’ve unloaded your burdens, seek to be a peacemaker in resolving conflicts. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt 5:9).
Preach always if necessary use words. … St. Francis of Assisi
Last week I heard this quote for the first time and thought I’d share it. It was from a member of the church who spreads the word of God through distributing Bibles. We have 2 men in our parish who give them out. Our Sunday school teacher gives them to students he teaches during the week, the other generous man through an organization who distributes Gideon’s Bibles worldwide. What better way to spread the Gospel than to give it? If you would like to make a donation to either of these men please send a check to: 1st Baptist Church of Arroyo City at P.O. Box 1288, Rio Hondo, TX. 78583. Your prayers are appreciated too!
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
David is the perfect conduit through which God speaks to us. God hears us when we pray. He wants us to go to him for consolation. When we recognize our waywardness He brings us back to the fold. There is glory and honor and power in a good relationship with God. We are made whole when we’re united to the Him!
Moab was the son born from the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter. She got her father drunk to lay with her in order to produce progeny. Lot was the son of Abraham’s brother. They fled from Sodom and Gomorrah because God’s wrath was on that place, the homosexual perversions ran rampant. The Moabites ran hot and cold, taking care of David’s parents when he fled from Saul – then cursing the Israelites when the King of Moab hired a nasty Seer. Naomi, her husband Elimelek and two sons Mahlon and Kilion moved from Bethlehem to Moab because of a famine. We have the advantage of hindsight to see the good that came out of this mish-mash of events. Her sons met and married Moabite women – Mahlon married Ruth and Kilion married Orpah. Then her husband died and in turn each son died leaving them all without help or protection. She went into Moab with a full house and came out almost empty. Naomi told her daughter in laws to go back to their families because she would be unable to provide for them. Orpah went home with a heavy heart. Ruth refused to leave her.
16 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
17 Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” Ruth1:16-17
“Being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.” Matthew 2:12
The trip took at the very least months four months one way! With a change in plan and a new route back, because they were obedient to a God they didn’t know, but whose Son they had just met, they went home a different way. After giving the Lord their gifts; gold to worship Christ the King; frankincense to honor His Holy Priesthood; and myrrh to acknowledge Christ’s suffering and death on the cross for us, the Magi also gave Him the gift of their time – 8 months of travel!
How wisely do we spend our time? – television takes away from prayer and meditation.
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
We live on a river so this Psalm runs through my mind often. The image of a tree with it’s roots so close to the water’s easily accessible nourishment and how plentiful the water is, is a reminder to me of God’s generosity and His cleansing goodness. We have a neighbor who reminds me of one of the Apostles, a fisherman but that’s another story….