We Live to Manage Conflict Well: Day 2

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     Day 2: Being a Good Example

Many philosophers throughout the Roman Empire argued that property didn’t matter much, therefore, people were encouraged to forego lawsuits over property. But Paul recognized that this way of thinking wasn’t popular with the majority of people, and knew that the Old Testament had much to say to the Jewish population about this as well. 

As noted in yesterday’s reading, one of Paul’s greatest concerns was that the Christians in Corinth would set a good example. Legal matters could be settled internally, including disputes about property. Paul also noted that some disputes didn’t even need to be settled internally. In fact, it’s quite possible Paul had Jesus’ teaching in Luke 6:29-30 in mind as his wrote to the Corinthians.

Again, all of this falls back on the importance of setting a good example, which was a common theme throughout Paul’s letters. For example, Paul wrote in Ephesians, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us.” As you read today, consider this: In what ways are Christians today setting a good example locally? Nationally? 

READING: LUKE 6:29-30, EPHESIANS 4:31-5:2

In what ways are Christians today setting a good example locally? Nationally? 

In what areas are Christians today not setting a good example? 

How can Christians respond to concerns such as these in a positive way? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Jeremiah 52, 2 Kings 24 & 25

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, it’s far too easy for me to think about how I and/or other Christians are not setting a good example for others. As this week continues, I pray that You would use me in ways far greater than I have ever imagined, and that the work You will continue to do within me will mold and shape me into the person You have made me to be. Indeed, may I get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, brawling and slander, being compassionate to others and forgiving them as You have forgiven me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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