I quoted these yesterday in my sermon, but thought they were worth posting and pondering some more:
“To some, conflict is a hazard that threatens to sweep them off their feet and leave them bruised and hurting. To others, it is an obstacle that they should conquer quickly and firmly, regardless of the consequences. But some people have learned that conflict is an opportunity to solve common problems in a way that honors God and offers benefits to those involved.” Ken Sande
“Time heals things. We’ve heard that many times. And occasionally it is true that people’s emotions die down and they lose the heart to disagree or fight. But to depend on time alone in the body of Christ to mend church problems is a very dangerous path. More often than not the problems only fester, become more serious, and then explode.” Curtis C. Thomas
Oh, to be like Paul in his pursuit of his brother Peter, as we pursue living persistently before God and consistently before men!
Seeking Your Good,