“Still in its infancy, Christian conciliation is an emerging field conceived by the Christian Legal Society in the nineteen eighties in the US and birthed through Peacemaker Ministries in the nineteen nineties (also in the US).
Growing throughout the world, churches, ministries, and individuals – heeding the call to become peacemakers – are establishing conciliation ministries committed to promoting peace. This unique ministry is found where the Gospel of Jesus Christ intersects with the disciplines of alternative dispute resolution, biblical counseling, education, and consulting.
We have a long way to go. Dialogue, discussion, research, and humble praxis are needed to help advance the field of Christian conciliation. Already a life-changing experience for many, Christian conciliation holds great promise as peacemaking principles are tested and contextualized in other cultures and in large-scale conflicts. Perhaps you join the discussion?”
Biblical Conflict Resolution, like its cousin, Biblical Counselling, is built on the firm conviction that the Bible, being the very word of God and the sword of the Spirit, is both supreme in its authority and sufficient for life and godliness in all the varied circumstances God’s people might find themselves.
Central to the life of God’s people is God’s call that we live at peace – for as God is at peace within himself as the Trinity, so are his people to be.
There is no peace, either between us and God or among ourselves, without the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ reconciled those ancient enemies, the Jew and the Gentile, in his one body, making peace for each with God by his blood shed on the one cross. He “preached peace to those who were far off, and peace to those who were near” (Ephesians 2:17) by his cross. Through him, we who turn to rely upon that cross are all fellow citizens and members of one Household, in which God dwells by his Spirit.
And God calls his Household to peace. Knowing that we are fallen, and continue to sin in this world and that our relationships would be difficult, the Lord Jesus provided both the knowledge and commands we need and the means of accomplishing them. Matthew 18:15-20 is well known among Christians for its process, as is also John 14-16 where Christ promises us the Helper, the Holy Spirit. And the Scriptures contain much more in addition to these two passages.
Biblical Conflict Resolution is built around confidence in the sufficiency of God, of the Scriptures, and of the Holy Spirit, for the reconciliation of relationships among God’s people.
But Biblical Conflict Resolution is not mere Bible study.
At the heart of Biblical Conflict Resolution is a good process built around Biblical principles, patterns, and values. With these is prayerful trust in God to do his work in our hearts and relationships.
Knowing that it is our desires in us that cause quarreling and fighting (James 4:1), Biblical Conflict Resolution involves deep reflection on the heart to understand the prime-movers in us, the deep desires that lead us to conflict. It is then that the word of God is brought sensitively and wisely to our hearts and minds. It is at this moment we come face to face with our need, and the opportunity of repentance and freedom, through Christ’s cross.
As God does such work in each one, so reconciliation in relationships becomes possible.