Resolving Conflicts God's Way

Yee Siew Meng

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Scripture: James 4:1-10

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some possible outside stresses (situations, events) that you may say is the cause of arguments and conflicts among you? 
    But James says it's actually the passions within. (V.1-2). 
    How do passions within get triggered by outward stresses? 
     
  2. What are some of the passions within you (be as specific as possible) that causes you to get angry or be defensive when triggered? 
    (A desire that becomes a demand that becomes a need that becomes an expectation that becomes a disappointment) look at diagram below.
     
  3. How should we view these "over desires" (idols of the heart) and what should it lead us to? (V. 8-10)
     
  4. How can we practice the 5 things recommended by James? 
    How can we help each other as a community to practice these 5 things?
    • Submit to God
    • Resist the devil
    • Draw near to God
    • Cleanse your heart and purify your hands
    • Humble yourselves. 
       
  5. Pray for one another.
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