After the last discussion we had that included topics centered around that ever-present issue of unity in the church, Jarod and I wound up thinking about an issue that’s directly related to this: conflict.
How do Christians handle conflict with one another? What about when it’s with someone who’s outside the faith, as it so often can be?
We cover a few thoughts in this episode, and we’d love to hear your feedback as well.
Last time I mentioned the book Advancing Christian Unity by Anthony Burgess, and I want to recommend it again. I will close out here with a brief quotation on how to handle division in our lives and in our churches:
Take heed that these divisions do not prove a snare to you. Bewail times of division, but make sure they do not divide between you and God, or you and truth. Instead:
1. Walk humbly, renouncing your own strength, for it is God, not yourself, who must preserve you.
2. Pray much for the Spirit of God to give you His anointing – and senses exercised to discern between good and evil.
3. Take heed of fomenting differences and making the wounds wider. Instead, like the good Samaritan, bring oil, not salt, to the wound.
4. Lastly, let this make you long for heaven, where the strif between brethren will cease.Anthony Burgess, Advancing Christian Unity, pp.93-94