What Matthew 18 Says About Conflict

When conflict comes, how do we intentionally navigate hard feelings and even harder conversations? Matthew 18 spells out exactly how best to handle individual issues that are harming relationships. Download our Matthew 18: Path to Navigating Conflict and use it as a commitment for how your team will manage conflict.

Here are a few simple steps:

  • Examine your role in the situation and where you may be contributing to the conflict.
  • Pray that God will reveal truth about where you may need to make some adjustments.
  • Meet in person with those involved so you can move toward restoration without arguing.
  • Assume the best about the other person and be ready to listen well.
  • Extend forgiveness and receive it.
  • If you can’t come to a place of resolution, seek advice from a trusted leader and invite one or two mutually respected, wise friends to meet with you.

As a team, commit to discovering how each team member leads, respecting individual opinions and, most importantly, handling conflict using Matthew 18 as your guide. This kind of commitment allows us to hold onto our personal views while still accomplishing our goals.