IJ#3: Discovering Joy in Conflict

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Imagine Joy: Discovering Joy in Conflict

Think about life:

  • We sometimes talk about how young siblings know just what to do to “push the button” of their sibling, causing a reaction. What are your “buttons”, that when pushed, get a quick reaction?

  • Think back over past conflicts.

    • What have you learned about yourself?

    • What things made it difficult for you to find resolution to a conflict?

    • What has been most helpful to you in moving through conflict to resolution?

  • Share a story of a significant conflict you went through that was resolved.

Digging Deeper into Scripture:

  • Read Phil. 4:1

    • Before Paul address a conflict in the church in Philippi, he tells the believers to “stay true to the Lord”. What practices or habits help us stay true to the Lord? When conflict comes and we are staying true to the Lord, what are our first thoughts? When conflict comes and we are not staying to the Lord, what might our first thoughts be?

    • How does the encouragement to not take sides but to seek the Lord change how we handle conflict?

  • Read Phil. 4:2

    • What is the reason Paul gives Euodia and Syntyche that they should settle their disagreement? Is it a weak or strong reason?

    • Why would the fact that we are brothers and sisters in Christ be a powerful reason for settle our disagreements?

    • Read Eph. 1:3-5 to understand all that God has gone through to get us into His family.

    • What happens to a family when conflicts are not resolved? When they are?

  • Read Phil. 4:3

    • Does Paul believe the two women can resolve their conflict by themselves?

    • Paul talks about them both as his “co-workers” in God’s work. How does being on mission with Jesus affect how we see and deal with conflict, compared to us each being on our own mission?

  • Read Phil. 4:4-5

    • How does the phrase “Remember, the Lord is coming soon” affect how we see and deal with conflict?

    • If we are all children in God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ, how does that help us handle conflicts we encounter?

Scripture readings: Prov. 15:1, 29:11, 30:33; Gal. 2:11-21; Mt. 5:9, 7:12