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Jun 24, 2013

Song of Solomon 5:2-6:12


Truth Statements:

·         Conflict is inevitable in marriage. 

o   I am a sinner.


·         Conflict happens because we feel wronged, or our desires and needs have not been met. 

o   We are hurt

o   Lack of communication

o   Unmet expectations


Navigating through conflict in a Christ-honoring way . . .


1.      Always pursue reconciliation, not retaliation.

      When it comes to conflict within the marriage the goal is not to win the fight, but to reconcile the relationship. (Ephesians 5:25-33)

              §  Speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15)

          Prayerfully examine your heart first (Matthew 7:4)

          Keep your motives in check

          Choose your timing carefully

              §  Speak in love (Ephesians 4:29)


2.      Determine to resolve conflict quickly, but not superficially.

      Unresolved conflict results in an undercurrent of bitterness and resentment. (Ephesians 4:26-27)


3.      Be humble in seeking forgiveness and gracious in granting forgiveness. (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-15)


4.      Be committed to the covenant you have made with each other. (Song of Solomon 5:16; 6:3)