A Christian approach to peacemaking revolves around three behavioral encouragements that are very simple to talk and to write about, by very hard to practically accomplish.
- Believers are encouraged to confront first one at a time, then in two’s, then in the sight of the church.
- Believers are encouraged to confront in love and to seek understanding first, rather than judgment.
- Believers are encouraged to avoid confronting in the law first (via litigation) and to instead confront in the Spirit.
Think about how often we get into conflicts—in the workplace, in our families, even in our churches—and how rarely we exercise the first step of positive confrontation.
The initial step is hard, confrontation, because we would sometimes rather be right, than be reconciled.
But when we favor “rightness” over reconciliation, we do not allow the better angels of our nature to truly work on our hearts.
Would you rather be right, or be reconciled?
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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