Believers are obliged to judge one another’s words and actions charitably, and this is particularly important in situations of conflict. This article identifies the roots of critical judgments, and lays out the biblical teaching about the way we ought to think of and respond to others, including those who may have done wrong in the past.
Using the experience of Nehemiah, and the opposition he faced while rebuilding Jerusalem, the author offers practical advice for church leaders who have to deal with conflict in ministry.
Drawing on Ken Sande’s work in The Peacemaker, this article lays out the “4 Gs” of biblical conflict resolution: Glorify God, Get the log out of your eye, Gently restore, and Go and be reconciled.
People who are in conflict can get caught up in the details of situations and lose sight of the fundamental issues that live in their hearts. This article alerts counsellors to that tendency, and offers advice to help them keep the conversation on track.
Reconciliation is not automatically accomplished when a hurtful action or behaviour has been forgiven. This article shows that it is legitimate for those who have been hurt to indicate that time is needed before they and/or the offender are ready for reconciliation, or, that they need advice before moving forward to reconciliation.
This brief article identifies the four commitments believers make when they forgive one another.
This article addresses the phenomenon of unforgiveness, and the power it has to take hold of the heart of a person who has been sinned against, and prevent the restoration of a broken relationship.
This article addresses situations in which Christians involved in conflict might be considering legal action, and promotes a biblical and peace-seeking alternative approach.
This article presents a biblical anatomy of conflict by considering James 4:1-10. It shows the cause and root of conflict, the hope in the midst of conflict, and the cure from it.
This article considers three situations where marital counselling is not helpful and can even be harmful: when one of the partners is afraid to speak or be honest, only one person takes responsibility for the breakdown of the relationship, and one spouse does not become an official client.
Conflict resolution must be undertaken as soon as possible, and here are six reasons why.
The goal of conflict resolution is to bring restoration. How do you prepare for such a confrontational conversation? The article explains that you pray, plan, and present.
Have you been hurt by the church? How did you deal with it? Overcoming church hurt can take some time but it is possible. This article suggests three ways one can do that.
How do you deal with difficult people, also those in the church? This article offers five ways.
This article offers some direction on what your next step is after realizing you are the cause of broken relationships in your home.