How can a home bring peace to a neighborhood? Part 5. Build & Repair Bridges – help conflict resolution

How can a home bring peace to a neighborhood? There is a peace, a healthy state that we can find in Jesus. We can be safe and sound, able to rest and function at full capacity, complete, with our guilt removed, and free to enjoy life. Our God wants us to receive it and share it with others. We should understand this, pray for it, and work toward such a peace in ourselves, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our city. In this way we will pursue peaceful relationships inside our homes through forgiveness. Jesus motivates us to love neighbors by listening to them in an attempt to understand them and build relationships. This listening works best when we host people with food and offer to help them in what they’re doing. From this context we may create new personal relationships and repair broken ones. We will work toward natural peace and we will bring the spiritual peace of our God. Our homes will bring peace to the neighborhood.

  1. It’s a God idea.
  2. Peace inside the house.
  3. Build relationships, love by listening.
  4. Help & Hospitality
  5. Build Bridges & Repair Bridges

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:9

“Peacemakers, plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18

“Search for peace and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:14

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

“Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

“The Kingdom of God…is a life of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

“Work for the peace of the city…pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” v 7 Jeremiah 29:5-14

“Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!” Proverbs 12:20

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.”

“For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Colossians 3:12-15

Jesus talks about conflict resolution and peacemaking in Matthew 18:15-35.

Essential Ingredients:

Source – What is the disagreement or damage?

Active Listening

Describe the Situation – Healthy Communication Practices

Express your Feelings – Managing Emotions (appropriate/inappropriate)

Specify what you Want Done – Resolution is always the goal.

Empathy – Understanding Others