Families can be messy, but we know that Jesus was born in the mess of the manger and He meets us in the mess of our lives. Eugene Peterson writes, “When we sin and mess up our lives, we find that God doesn’t go off and leave us –he enters into our trouble and saves us.”
The Greek word for conflict is “agen” which means “agony.” If you have ever been in conflict you know that it can be agonizing, but it can also be a healing growing experience.
Peacemaking Ministries suggests four G’s to navigate conflict biblically, whether it be marriages, families, colleagues or church it can still apply. They are:
• Glorify God,
• Get the log out of your eye
• Gently restore
• Go and be reconciled.
This Chinese New Year season, may we be reminded that because of Christ we are reconciled with Him and because of this great truth we can be reconciled with others.
May your Chinese New Year holiday be filled with peace, joy and love,