5. Be Reconciled to God - Part 2
Uncover Idols & Guide Rependance
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 John 5:21
The coach guides the party to be reconciled to God in three ways:
The coach leads the party to apply Scripture to his circumstances.
Using questions, the coach helps the person to uncover his own idols, leading to repentance.
As the person recognizes his sin, the coach proclaims God’s forgiveness to comfort, encourage, and empower him to live out his reconciliation with others.
The Underlying Source of Our Conflicts
Conflict may be caused by misunderstandings or differences in perspectives or goals. But the Bible teaches that much of our conflict is directly caused or aggravated by a certain kind of desire.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Compare this verse from James to the temptation of the serpent in the garden of Eden.
[The serpent said,] “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:5, emphasis added
What is the common theme of both these passages?
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