Today we will read some passages from God's word about how to deal with conflict
in the church.
Mat 18:21-22 (NRSV) Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord,
if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?
As many as seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, "Not seven times,
but, I tell you, seventy-seven times."
(Romans 12:17-18 NAS) Never pay back evil for evil to
anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far
as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge,
beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE
IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,'' says the Lord.
(Mat 18:15-17 NRSV) If another member of the church sins
against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If
the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not
listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may
be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If the member
refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses
to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a
(1 Corinthians 6:7-8 NAS) Actually, then, it is already
a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather
be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves
wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13 NAS) Now I exhort you, brethren,
by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be
no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and
in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren,
by Chloe's people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that
each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul,'' and "I of Apollos,'' and "I of
Cephas,'' and "I of Christ.'' Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified
for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?