PREPARED FOR:. Repairing Rifts for Resolution and Return to Righteousness . Genesis 45:1-5, 13-15. INTRODUCTION. Conflicts frequently arise within families. Sometimes these difficulties can be avoided; other times they are unavoidable. Regardless, when
Conflicts frequently arise within families. Sometimes these difficulties
can be avoided; other times they are unavoidable. Regardless, when
tensions arise, action must be taken to keep the family from becoming
fragmented. Obviously not every instance of conflict is the same.
Circumstances dictate the action that should and or must be taken.
Our lesson for this occasion finds us considering through observation
the Biblical example to be imitated as we learn from the man Joseph
realization of repairing rifts can be realized through his example.
There are fourareas of noteworthy concentration that are suggested
for this strategic success:
1. At odds with what occurred
2. Defusing differences
3. Letting the past go to embrace the future
4. In retrospect it was providential!
A. Desire it… (Genesis 13:8)
B. Require it… (Hebrews 12:14-15)
C. Do it… (Romans 12:17-18)
A. Sometimes the struggle is in what was!
(See Genesis 37:23-28)
1. Joseph did not return evil for evil!
(Remind all of Romans 12:17)
2. Never let our motivation be wrong for what
we do (See Philippians 2:3-5)
3. Put away so we can put on…
(See Ephesians 4:32)
A. Forgiving failure by releasing the past and
appreciating the present (See Genesis 45:5)
1. So often what men mean for evil God uses
for good! (See Genesis 50:20)
a. What they do doesn’t have to be what
God wants! (Romans 8:28, 31)
B. Do not keep records of wrong!
(Consider / apply Philippians 3:13)
A. I thought it was wrong but now I know it
was for right! (Genesis 45:5)
B. The want to be together! (Genesis 45:13,
14-15 [Joseph wanted his dad], Acts 2:42-47)
1. It is not possible for conflicts to be
resolved if folk don’t want to be around