Be a Godly Example in Conflicts
- Date: October 3, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
- From No Greater Love
Many of us get in conflicts over things that are not sin. We're in conflict over our opinions or over our feelings that have gotten hurt. "It didn't go my way." We have that in our marriages. Things that are causing conflict and confusion have been there for years sometimes, and it's not even sin. It's just that your feelings that have gotten hurt. Guess whose feelings don't get hurt? It is a dead man. "Yeah, but you don't understand, Pastor." Yes, you're right. I don't have any feelings. My feelings get hurt very easily. I'm serious. My feelings get hurt very easily, but I choose not to react on that. Because no greater love has any man than this, that he would lay down his soul for his friends. Let's see if we can learn something here from the Corinthian church. He said, "I don't want any divisions among you. I don't want any contentions manifesting in your midst."
I've shared with you that Satan wants to come in and cause division. He wants us to get our noses out of joint because of our over familiarity with one another, over things that are not sin but our perception. There can't be any judgment without two or three witnesses. Your perception isn't sufficient. Your perception is not sufficient to bring judgment on others. It has to be two or three witnesses. We won't go into that right now with Corinthians, but we've studied it. When there's a conflict in the community, then you go, and what do you bring? You go, and you bring how many? You bring in the multiple witnesses to sit down and bring clarification. If they don't hear that judgment, what happens? Then it goes to the church. Am I right? When you go to a brother, and you can't reconcile it, you bring other witnesses in. They talk to it. They bring a judgment on things and say, "Well, it sounds like this is the deal." "No, my way's right!" You take it to the church.
There are people in conflict right now. This was one of the issues I was dealing with recently. It's been brought to the church. The church passed judgment, and they're saying, "No, I'm going to do what I want anyway." Well, now we have a problem. Now you're in strife with the leadership. That's not good. You can't be in the church and be the final authority over your life or anybody else's. Jesus is the final authority. The Word of God is the final authority. May I share something with you? The final authority says, "You always forgive." You don't have a vote. "Yeah, but you don't understand. I was treated this way." Forgive them. If somebody's come to you and asked for forgiveness, you must forgive them. How many times is it? Is it seven times or seven times seventy? It is this: "infinitely, as I have forgiven you."
Here we go. We're in the church, and we have conflict in the church. One man got mad at another man. That man then decides that he is not going to have anything more to do with him. "Oh, I might grunt at you when you walk by." I want to tell you something. If you've been in conflict, and it's been resolved, there is no grunting. There is the holy kiss of the brethren. That's death to self to have to kiss that man. They greeted one another with a holy kiss. Where's the greeting with a holy kiss to the one that at one time you thought was your enemy? Where's the forgiveness? Where's the maturity when there's a conflict? Where is the maturity when we both stand up and think that we're right? "I'm the greatest." The greatest among us is the servant of all. Why don't you humble yourself? Why don't you be the example of the love of the Father just as Jesus ended up the Sermon on the Mount?