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A Commitment to Peacemaking and Reconciliation

lightstock_80329_small_jamesWe live in a world filled with conflict. Most of us cannot even make it through a day with having to deal with interpersonal struggles. Conflict can impact our work relationships, family relationships, friendships, and even our church relationships.

It should be our desire is to build a “culture of peace” that reflects God’s peace and the power of the gospel of Christ in our lives. From John 13:34-35; Eph. 4:29-32; Col. 3:12-14, we see many biblical principles that can help us in our relationships. From these passages, we find that as we “stand in the light of the cross, we realize that bitterness, unforgiveness, and broken relationships are not appropriate for the people whom God has reconciled to Himself through the sacrifice of His only Son” (Peacemaker Ministries).

In this message, we will discover ways to deal better with conflict and find peace and reconciliation in our relationships.


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Elevate Marriage – Module # 5 – Actively Pursue Peace


  • UPDATE: Our next section of ELEVATE will be on Sunday, June 25 at Hope Church in Sussex, NJ. 

Summary of the Lesson: Actively Pursue Peace (from our May 7 session)

  1. Study of Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers
  2. Discussion of the Commitment to Peacemaking and Reconciliation
  3. Evaluating Yourself: What is Personal Style of Conflict
  4. Biblical Change: Practical Help for Dealing with Conflict
  5. RESOLVE Principles
  6. Offering Constructive Advice
  7. Responding Non-Defensively
  8. Dealing with Difficult People and Situations
  9. 21 Guidelines for Resolving Conflicts

Homework Assignment:

  • Examine yourself and evaluate yourself. Do you actively pursue peace? Would you be described as a peacemaker? Are there principles taught in this lesson that you need to start applying in your life and relationships?

STOP principles

  • SIN -must be confessed and repented of
  • THINK BIBLICALLY – meditate on the gospel truths, apply those truths to your situation
  • OBEY – regardless of how you feel
    • “Obey right away, all the way, with a good attitude, every day”
    • Pray to God for His wisdom and empowerment
    • Praise God for all He has done for you
    • People – remember the second great commandment – love others as we love ourself
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