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Series: The Power of Giving
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1st Peter 3:8-12
If you have your Bibles, please turn to 1st Peter chapter 3, 1st Peter chapter 3. We've been in a series on Sunday mornings for the month of November in Thanksgiving time called, "The Power of Giving." We talked about the law of the harvest; how you reap what you sow. We talked about what's in your wallet; about giving your tithes, your offerings to the Lord. It belongs to Him. We talked about giving your praise and your prayers and your thanksgiving to the Lord last week. Today, we want to close up this series on the power of giving, talking about not money, but conflict. What do you do when you're in conflict and the power of giving as it relates to conflict?
Now we normally don't think of giving as it relates to conflict, but the Bible, Peter, by inspiration of the Spirit, is going to tell us how the power of giving works and works wonders when you and I get into conflict.
Now conflict is something that all of us can relate to. We know what it is to be in conflict with another person. Webster defines conflict this way: It comes from the Latin to con, which means "together," and flit, which means "to strike." What is conflict? It means you strike together. That's how Webster defines it. That's the Latin definition of conflict. You know what I have found the best definition of conflict is? Conflict - you might want to write this down. Conflict - two people! You put two people together long enough, you're going to have conflict. Why, because one sinner is together with another sinner. Two sinners tend to have trouble getting along. And we know about conflict at work, have problems maybe with a boss, maybe with a secretary, maybe with a co-worker. We have trouble and conflicts at school with a teacher, with a student, with the administration, with the bully that's stealing your lunch money. Conflict's there. Have conflicts in the neighborhood. Even have confli ...
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