Peace with Others

Peace with Others

December 11th, 2016
Clay Edens

We are called to restore PEACE in our relationships with one another.

Relevant Passages:

  • Matt. 5:9;
  • Heb. 12:12;
  • 2 Cor. 13:11;
  • Prov. 19:11;
  • Matt. 18:15 – 16;
  • Rom. 12:17 – 18

Promises of Forgiveness:

  • I will not dwell on this incident
  • I will not bring this incident up and use it against you
  • I will not talk to others about this incident
  • I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship

Peacemaking Process:

  • Analyze Your Own Role in the Conflict
  • Go Directly to the other person
  • Clearly Define the Issue
  • Listen and Seek Understanding
  • Work Toward a Solution

Questions for group discussion or personal reflection

1. What are your favorite Christmas Songs? Name one Jesus song and one silly song?

2. Refresh each other’s memories by dividing up the passages from this week and reading through them aloud.

3. Do you have a greater temptation to seek peace through control or through avoidance? What can be attractive about these options?

4. Which steps do you find easy and difficult in the suggested peacemaking process?

5. Is there anything you would add or take away from the suggested peacemaking process?

6. What’s true about the way God forgives us that should inform the way we forgive others?

7. Do you agree with Clay that complete forgiveness should only be given after repentance is shown? Why or why not?

8. How would you rate yourself in peacemaking in your closest relationships? What areas would you like to grow in?

9. You don’t need to explain the situation, but are there any relationships you desire to see restored to peace right now? (After people share spend some time praying for these)

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