Happy New Year! Trust you and your family had a Christmas and New Year filled with love, joy and peace.
The holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be stressful and challenging. Managing expectations, competing agendas, family dynamics and traveling, can create additional challenges resulting in conflict.
Conflict is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s how you manage the conflict that counts. The Greek word for conflict is “agen” and it is where we get the English word “agony.” It can be agonizing to be in conflict with others.
For the next four weeks we are going to embark on a new series entitled Biblical Peacemaking. We are excited about this new series and hope you will engage through the sermon series, Recharge (starting Wed Jan. 8th) and small groups.
Although conflict can be complicated and affect many aspects of our life, we will try to keep it simple using the four G’s of Peacemaking.
1. Glorify God - go to higher ground
2. Get the Log out of your eye - get real about yourself
3. Gently restore - gently engaging others
4. Go and be reconciled - get together on lasting solutions
As we explore this theme together may God give us courage and hope. Ezekiel stated, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezek. 36:25-26
May we continue grow in our relationship with God and in our relationships with one another,