MEMORY VERSE: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in sight of all men.” Romans 12:17
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 13:7-9
INTRODUCTION: A family is defined as a group of people related by blood, marria adoption or custom. Generally, conflict can be defined as stro disagreement between persons or groups that often results heated arguments. Conflict management is the practice of be able to identify and handle conflicts sensibly, fairly, and efficient Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is perfect or conflict but conflict when managed biblically can serve as a catalyst change and opportunity for a good family growth.
1. SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN THE FAMILY.
2. BIBLICAL WAYS OF MANAGING CONFLICT WITHIN THE FAME
1. SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN THE FAMILY
1. Misunderstanding among members of immediate or extend family,
ii. Conflicting interests among family members Amos 3:3.
iv. Unresolved disagreement Eph.4:26-27. v. Lack of trust Prov. 31:11.
vi. Unforgiveness 2 Cor. 2:10-11. vii. Communication gap Heb.13:16.
viii. Untruthfulness or disloyalty Gen. 27:41-46.
ix. Financial challenges 1Tim. 6:8-10. Lack of genuine love Col.3:19; 1Pet. 1:22.
2. BIBLICAL WAYS OF MANAGING CONFLICT WITHIN THE FAMILY
1. Examine yourselves Ps. 26:2; 2Cor.13:5. Love God and put Him at the center of your family Deut. 6:4-5,
. Forgive one another Lk. 17:3; Eph. 4:26. v. Communicate effectively and resolve all conflicts as fast as possible Rom. 12:17-18.
v. Determine to be open and sincere with one another Gen. 2:25. vl. Live a life of humility Prov.29:23; Jer.13:18.
vil. Love one another 1 Pet. 1:22.
vill. Never seek to revenge for wrongs done against you ix. Commit your ways to the Lord Ps. 37:5.
x. Take every matter to God in prayers Jam. 5:16.
According to the word of God, all old conflicts must be resolved while there should not be occasion for a new one for God to accept our worship. Matt. 5:23-25
FURTHER READINGS – Mon: Prov. 11:2. Tues: Prov.23:29-30. Wed: Phil.2:14. Thurs: Col.3:13. Fri: Matt. 18:7. Sat: Acts 24:16. Sun: Phil.1:10.