Basic Reconciliation Concepts
Begin by applying basic concepts in reconciliation to your conflicts. Cultivating a lifestyle of reconciliation begins with each of us. God led the way by reconciling us to himself through Christ while we were yet his enemies (Romans 5:10). Christ humbled himself to take on our sins, making peace between God and us, while he himself was sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). All true peacemaking is based on what God has done for us through Christ. Thus, compelled by Christ’s love and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are taught in God’s Word to live as peacemakers in our own lives (2 Corinthians 5:14; Romans 8:9; Matthew 5:9; Romans 12:18).
Where to Begin
Numerous resources are available to help you through this process. Conflict Resolution vs. Reconciliation is an excellent place to start. This study will walk you through the Biblical truths and promises of Scripture as they apply to our relationships with God and one another as it guides you to be reconciled first to God, and then to others. From our bookstore you may order a copy or download it to your Kindle. Each of the six chapters includes application questions to help you apply the scriptures to your personal situation.
You may also begin right away by downloading our FREE APP, Proclaiming God's Forgiveness for a summary of these application questions. This app will guide you through a Biblical response to your conflict. It's available on both Apple App Store and Google Play.
Additionally, we offer a FREE on-line course to guide you through a biblical response to your situation.
If Personal Attempts Fail
Who can help you to resolve disputes? Reconciliation Ministries connects you to qualified reconcilers who are experienced in helping individuals and groups reconcile relationships and negotiate agreements. (Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Galatians 6:1)
Coaching: Guiding individuals to resolve disputes personally on their own.
Mediation: Informally facilitating two or more parties to work together toward reconciliation.
Adjudication: Formally hearing each side’s arguments and rendering a legally binding decision.
Group Reconciliation: Working with churches, schools, and other groups through a process that includes teaching, interviewing, mediating, evaluating, and reporting findings and recommendations.