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You are a Masterpiece

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,  which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10

Can you wrap your head around this verse? You were made in the image of God, His workmanship. A masterpiece. You have been crafted and created by design. That design was set up before you were born so that you would accept Him as Lord, move towards His purposes, and start doing good things that put a smile on His face. You've had other options. All of us have. But at some point we all realize that someone has their eye on us. Someone is watching over us. Your life has purpose: to bring His glory into the lives of those that you are in fellowship with. As you build your relationship with Him, you will begin to truly enjoy all that comes with walking it out. Blessings will overtake you! Favor will surround you! So many times we are bombarded by bad news, ambushed by difficulties and adverse circumstances. That is part of life. But when we realize that we w…

Win a Brother Over!

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”- Matthew 18:15
One of the things that most of us could do better in is “conflict resolution”. Why is that so important? Because you are going to experience conflict in life. Jesus said we would have trouble. If we can learn how to resolve the trouble quickly we can ease the stress in our lives.
If someone wrongs you, chances are you call someone you can trust and explain what they did and try to find someone to sympathize with what happened to you. But this is not the biblical way to resolve conflict. You should go directly to the one that has committed the sin against you and “show them their fault”. That simply means you must explain how the things that they did affected you. I think that many times people hurt our feelings or make us angry and they aren’t even aware of what they did! That is why we should go to the person.
As a pastor I often find myself in the midst of conflicts among people. Most of the folks at our church know that if they come to me and talk about someone else, the first thing I am going to do(after telling them to stop), is to take the directly to the person they were talking about so we can move to a solution. I have to tell you that I don’t have a lot of folks talk to me about other people!
I think God wants us to live with expertise in the conflict resolution area.When you look to blame, you b-lame! The sooner situations are resolved the sooner His grace and mercy can have a platform to show up strong. If they listen to your heart, you will win a friend.
Have you been wronged by a friend, a co-worker, or loved one? Are you living with anger and resentment over what happened? Did you call one of your friends to vent? The church calls it “sharing” but the reality is that it’s still gossip! Let’s move towards a resolve today and take away the power that conflict has. Don’t go to the phone: go to the throne of God!