Scripture: James 4: 1-5
Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covetsomething and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

There’s unrest in the world, in the church conferences, and even in the churches.
When we do not deal with the minor squabbles, eventually they escalate into all out wars. Pressure uncovers conflict’s origins. Conflicts arise when we don’t get what we want.

Prayers should be given so that God will be glorified. Conflict won’t be resolved by praying about it. Talking about it won’t solve conflict either. It is essential that the parties get involved. Conflict resolution is needed. “submit yourself to the Lord.”

We have a life separated from God. We have a selfish agenda. We are friends with the world, anti-God followers. Are you having an affair with the world?

Believers are part of God’s family. We will not solve conflict until we identify the source. Few conflicts are one sided. We must all accept responsibility for our part.

To solve anything:
1. It requires total honesty. See your part in the conflict.
2. It takes courage to identify the source.
Are we putting ourselves above all else? That’s the heart of many conflicts.

Can we come together?
1 Consider your roll. They have multiple perspectives
2. See yourself as others see you.
3. See yourself as Christ sees you.
How are your hidden attitudes and motives effecting these conflicts?