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Emotion Commotion
Winning Conflict

Key Scriptures

It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife [by handling situations with thoughtful foresight], But any fool will [start a] quarrel [without regard for the consequences].
Proverbs 20:3 AMP

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to
everyone. 
2 Timothy 2:24a NLT

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:16-19 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group

What is one good thing that has happened in your life this past week?

Start thinking. Ask a question or two to get your group thinking.

Read Proverbs 20:3. What is this verse saying, in your own words? Where do you fall?

After reading 2 Timothy 2:24a, answer the following questions:
  
How is it possible to be kind to everyone?
  
Practically in your life, what would that look like?

Start sharing. Choose a question or two to create openness.

2 Corinthians 5:16 says that we are to "regard no one from a worldly point of view". What is a worldly point of view?

After reading 2 Corinthians 5:16-19, what is the "ministry of reconciliation"? What does it mean to be reconciled? What is our role in this?

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Lord, help me to deal with conflict in a way that honors you. I want to do things your way, not mine. Help me to follow you and handle situations and people in my life the Jesus way. I I want to be a representative of you Jesus, help me to love others well. In Jesus name, amen.

Leader: Break into groups of three and take time to pray for each other. This is important!

Start doing. Commit to these steps and live them out this week.

Is there a conflict in your life that you've been avoiding? Or are you just stuck because you don't know what to do now? This week, let's stop avoiding conflict; it is time to move towards healing and reconciliation. Review the message from this past weekend and put it into practice! Let's overcome this difficulty and experience the victorious life that Jesus has for us as we follow him and submit to his ways.

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