Dealing with Conflicts
Bro. Brian Forbes
Our foundation will be the 22nd chapter of Joshua, where we find brethren that had been brought together for the mutual fight against sin are suddenly tasked with dealing with a potentially devastating sin in their midst. Despite good intentions all around, two distinct solutions, and weapons, are revealed: The sword of men (quick judgment based upon supposition); and the sword of God (righteous discernment achieved through the mediation of a high priest). An examination reveals a myriad principles and examples that apply to our Brotherhood, both young and old. Specifically, for our younger students, I want to discuss the realities of conflicts that are sure to arise during their walks, whether it be in their families, their home ecclesia or the Body at large, and how vital it is we deal with each other as Yahweh deals with us: In absolute truth, through longsuffering, mercy and the other pillars of Yahweh's character (love).