A man asked his doctor, “Can you do anything about my snoring?”
The doctor said, “Why, is it disturbing your wife?” The man replied,“No, it’s disturbing the whole church.” The church is often disturbed from within, not by snoring, but by sin. One of the biggest threats to a harmonious Church is conflict within.
How will the church deal with conflict? Will the strong bully the weak into submission? Will they settle it in court? Will they sever their fellowship? No! Amazingly, the answer to conflict is loving service. Seven men are chosen to energize the church to serve the needs of all. They simply traced the pattern Jesus laid before them, who resolved our conflict with God by serving our need (Phil. 2:1-8). Unfortunately, conflict incites most of us to strike back or to pull away, which only makes conflict concrete. However, the gospel invites us to interact with our rivals in humble service. This is especially true in the local church. We are the body of Christ, and each of us are essential members of it. So, “there should be no division in the body, but the members should have the same care for one another” (1 Cor. 12:25-26). This equal compassion breaks the grip of conflict. The next time you are in a conflict, instead of turning to anger or isolation, try serving the needs of the other person. If such grace doesn’t scare them to death, it just might extend a bridge for fellowship. Above material adapted from Tim Jennings from “Focus Online.” http://focusmagazine.org/