<<disagreement, difference of opinion>>

While there will be differences of belief and values between people the emphasis should be what we have in common and endeavouring to live in peace with all, not focusing on controversies and what we don’t agree on for friction causes tension and is destructive to relationships (Rom 12:18; 1 Tim 1:3,4; 2 Tim 2:14,23; Heb 12:14). With frank discussion and the truth of God’s Word being the governing principle, a topic that had huge ramifications was sorted out (Gal 2:11-21; 2 Tim 2:24-26).

The Bible’s advice is to settle misunderstandings quickly before they fester and grow (Mt 5:25). Sometimes it is necessary to address issues that are

  Do I endeavour to ‘see’ the other view?

preventing oneness such as between husband and wife, at other times overlook the matter as in a few days it will all be forgotten. The church, not secular courts, should resolve disputes between believers, however Paul suggests why not overlook the offence in mature Christian love (1 Cor 6:1-7). We should not dare to question or argue with God (Rom 9:20,21).

See also: compromise, conflict, confront, controversial issues, quarrel, submission.

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