People Need to Remember to Confront Each Other
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
-Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV 1984)
The scriptures are replete with examples of how someone we are supposed to treat one another. Unfortunately it seems far too often that this doesn’t happen. This scripture is but one of many, however it holds a truth for us. My comments will be brief but I hope you will take them to heart.
I know of a situation right now that is going on that is NOT RIGHT. Too many organizations (secular and religious) fall apart because people just won’t take responsibility for their issues. What do I mean by this? Well when you have a problem with someone you should go to that person and talk to them not someone over their head, not everyone else, but to that person. By doing this you minimize a situation and, hopefully, it can be resolved without too much fuss.
When we don’t act like Christian adults (adults, period) we cause break down in our communications with each other and it causes a breakdown in our organizations (workplace, church etc.).
Now you have to ask yourself something. Are you contributing to the breakdown? Or are you handling conflict appropriately? Handling it appropriately will cause you to prosper in your interactions, thereby causing your organization to prosper in return. If you are guilty, then you need to stop talking to others (or going over their heads) and start talking to one another. The Choice is yours.