We live in a world of constant conflict.
Everywhere we look there are wars and rumors of wars.
In our daily lives we are constantly in conflict with our neighbors and friends.
It is for this reason, that we have a record number of individuals in a state of depression.
Why is this?
I would suggest it is because we have forgotten how to peacefully resolve our conflicts one with the other.
In Matthew 18:15 we are told; “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”
The one, who was offended, goes to his brother to be reconciled. Our conversation is limited, to those who are in the conflict.
Anything outside of this is gossip and back biting.
The chances of misunderstanding have been lessened by this face to face discussion, which is held in the efforts to reconcile with your brother.
It is only when the conflict cannot be resolved, are outsiders brought in to help settle the dispute.
In Matthew 5:23, 24 Jesus gives us another aspect of conflict resolution, there He says, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:23, 24).
When the one who is the offender remembers his offence, he is to go and be reconciled with his brother.
Reconciliation is always in the middle of every conflict. Each party has the responsibility to “go” and be reconciled with the other.
Both parties should meet on the way to reconciliation.