For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”James 1:20
With the climate of the world, everyone seems to be a little bit more emotional these days. The Bible says Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). But what about the proclaiming Christian, who’s theology is challenged? And what is the proper way, to deal with disagreement and conflicts within the body of Christ?
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more then, matters about this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …”1 Corinthians 6:1-8
God wants us to know we have the right to judge a situation when discerning through the Holy Spirit to see if it is proper and pleasing to God. We should be doing this by following the scriptures and making sure we are walking in light (God’s commands). It is our responsibility, to use the wisdom that he’s given us to come into solutions when we encounter problems in this life.
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”Matthew 18:15-17
These verses describe what you are to do when you have an ought with your brethren in Christ. It’s says go to them and gain an understanding. Due to the nature of communication on social media most people would make an opposing response publicly in the comment section, but we must remember that we live in this world, but we are not of this world. Therefore, when we disagree, we go to our brothers and sisters in Christ privately, to gain an understanding first.
One of the major challenges we face within the body of Christ, is knowing how and when to approach our fellow brother and sisters when there is a problem. Yes we are called to correct, but we must remember everyone is not our assignment. Proverbs 9:8 says, “ Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.” And Titus 3:10-11 says, “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” Matthew 7:16 says,”Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
We need to take heed when the Bible speaks of fruitful and unfruitful conduct, behavior, and conversation. ”All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17. “Let our teaching be profitable by speaking and not becoming angry when others don’t see our point of you, but” If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” – Matthew 10:14.