Conflict, Self-Confrontation, Forgiveness

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When we find ourselves in conflict with another person it is a wise thing to go to God first.  But what should we say and what should we ask?  Let Jesus’ words guide you:

“…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  Pray then like this:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'” Matthew 6:8-13

How do these verses instruct us and what do they call us to do?

1) God is sovereign over all of his creation – that includes you and your current relational struggles.  How does Romans 8:28-35 encourage you regarding God’s sovereignty?  How does James 1:2-8 challenge your thinking regarding your current relationship struggles?

2) Are you seeking to glorify God and seeking to pursue God’s will for your life today in all of your relationships? (1 Thessalonians 5:15-23 [note v.18], 1 Peter 2:15, Colossians 1:9-14)

3) Are you eating the spiritual bread which God has given you today?  (Jeremiah 15:16 – read a few verses before 16 and few verses after to understand Jeremiah’s distress)

4) We reap what we sow – Matthew 6:14-15, Galatians 6:1-10.  How do these verses speak to our relationships with God and others?

5) As we trust and obey and DO God’s word He promises to deliver us from the enemy (Satan) and his evil intentions – 1 Peter 5:6-10 (notice the instructive commands we are given [humble, cast, be, resist, know]; note the promises that will be fulfilled as we do those commands.

Here is an instructive article by John Piper

As We Forgive Our Debtors – What Does Forgiveness Look Like?

What are the three most impactful things you draw from this article and what instruction do they give you for your life and relationships?

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© 2017 Michael Martin

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