Resolving Conflict in the Church – Acts 6:7

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. – Acts 6:7 NIV

The church in Jerusalem was facing a crisis. Internal dissention was disrupting the harmony of the body; some among them felt like they were being treated unfairly. Sound familiar? With, I believe, the Holy Spirit’s direction, the leadership of the church proposed a solution to the problem and saw that it was implemented; a solution that resolved the conflict and saw harmony restored.

While I don’t know that this verse is a direct result of the resolution of the crisis, it does seem related. Conflict within the church is definitely going to hinder the sowing of the seed and the resultant harvest. Don’t allow problems to fester and grow, distracting the church from the work God has given us to do. Resolving them may be hard and challenging, but the cost of not doing so is great. If there is conflict, be willing to allow God to use you to be a part of the solution.

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