15 “If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you’ve won over your brother or sister. 16 But if they won’t listen, take with you one or two others so that every word may be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses. 17 But if they still won’t pay attention, report it to the church. If they won’t pay attention even to the church, treat them as you would a Gentile and tax collector. 18 I assure you that whatever you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. And whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven. 19 Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” (Matthew 18:15-20, CEB)
Actually this Bible passage could be the end to all conflict in the world.
The reason we have conflict or fights is because of lack of communication.
Well hold on just a minute there pastor, isn’t conflict caused by disagreement?
Well maybe, but if two people disagree about something, or one has wronged the other, then the one who is wronged goes and talks to the one that wronged them. They may not agree, but they can talk about the issue and come to an understanding and continue to move forward without conflict.
So many things in my life would have been different if this passage had been followed.
So here is my challenge to all of us. If you have a grievance with someone, or they did something wrong to you, go and talk to them personally. Suck it up and be the bigger person. That is what Christ told us to do.
Seek reconciliation. Show love.