RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL -LESSON 33: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN THE FAMILY

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL
LESSON THIRTY-THREE
SUNDAY, 15TH APRIL 2018

TOPIC: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN THE FAMILY

MEMORY VERSE: ‘’Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” – Romans 12:17

BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 13:7-9

INTRODUCTION:
A family is defined as a group of people related by blood, marriage, law (e.g adoption) or custom. Generally, conflict can be defined as a strong disagreement between people, groups, etc, that results often in an angry argument. Conflict management is the practice of being able to identify and handle conflicts sensibly, fairly and efficiently. Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is perfect or conflict-free, but conflict when managed biblically can serve as a catalyst for change and opportunity for a good family growth.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. Conflict in the family and its causes
2. Biblical ways of managing conflicts within the family.

CONFLICT IN THE FAMILY AND ITS CAUSES
Conflict in the family may arise from misunderstandings among members of the family that is parent-children, spouse-in-law, etc. Contradictory interest among members of the family can also be another factor. Other causes of conflict in the family may include:
1. Incompatibility (Amos 3:3)
2. Unresolved disagreement (Ephesians 4:26-27)
3. Lack of trust (Proverbs 31:11)
4. Unforgiveness (2Corinthians 2:10-11).
5. Communication gap (Hebrews 13:16)
6. Unfaithfulness (Genesis 39:7-12).
7. Financial challenges (1Timothy 6:8-10)
8. Lack of genuine love (Colossians 3:19; 1Peter 1:22).

BIBLICAL WAYS OF MANAGING CONFLICTS WITHIN THE FAMILY
1. Examine yourselves (Psalm 26:2; 2Corinthians 13:5).
2. Love God and put Him at the centre of your family (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).
3. Forgive one another (Luke 17:3; Ephesians 4:26).
4. Communication effectively and resolve all conflicts as fast as possible (Romans 12:17-18).
5. Maintain openness and sincerity with one another (Genesis 2:25).
6. Live a life of humility (Proverbs 29:23; Jeremiah 13:18).
7. Love one another (1Peter 1:22).
8. Revenge not yourself for wrongs done against you (Romans 12:19).
9. Commit your ways to the Lord (Psalm 37:5).
10. Take every matter to God in prayers (James 5:16).

CONCLUSION:
Conflict is inevitable in the family. However, every conflict should be resolved in the fear and love of God.

QUESTIONS
1. Mention 5 causes of conflicts in the family?
2. What are the biblical ways of managing conflicts within the family?

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