SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 4 | 2019

WEEKLY DEVOTION

Seeking Godly Reconciliation

Matthew 5:21-26

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.'

Dealing with conflict Biblically.

How do you personally deal with situations when you become angry at another person? How  do you personally handle situations when people are angry at you? How would SCA be different if we went directly to people when they hurt us? If we sought forgiveness instead of grudges? If we chose to forgive instead of gossip? Imagine you are currently at odds with someone on campus. 

Picture them standing in front of you, and you saying these words to them: What you have done has hurt me. What you've said about me is painful. I desire to put you in your place; I desire to gossip about you, pull you down, and build myself up. But I am called to be like Christ...who is slow to anger,  and rich in compassion. I am called to love you, and forgive you like Jesus loves and forgives me. Therefore, I will seek to love you like Jesus loves you. I will seek to be reconciled with you like we are reconciled to God. I will seek to forgive you.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for unconditionally loving me. Thank you for accepting me. Thank you for forgiving me. This week, I pray you would grant me the strength to love those who have hurt me. Empower me to take the first steps toward godly confrontation and reconciliation. Amen.

Reflection

  • What are some reasons why students at SCA become angry with each other?

  • How are these situations usually handled, and what are the results?

  • Is there anyone on campus you need to talk with that has hurt you, or you've hurt?

  • What do you think the first step in talking with them would be?

Songs

​'10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)' Matt Redman

'Build My Life' Housefires

'Living Hope' Phil Wickham