Week 2: Working through Difficulties
Whenever people come together for a shared purpose, they should acknowledge potential difficulties. Each person has ways of communicating, expectations, or baggage from the past. These might be traditions, or unspoken ways of handling problems. They might be differing communication methods, or past hurts that people have buried. What are the difficulties that might be facing the new church?
10. Pray for conflict and hard feelings to be forgiven.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”
Unresolved conflict within one or more of the churches, or conflict and resentment toward other churches merging together will be a constant hindrance to true growth and health if it is not resolved with forgiveness and love.
Pray that old areas of unforgiveness and conflict will be brought out into the open for healing.
Pray that new areas of conflict will be resolved without side-taking and gossip or manipulation.
Pray that people will be honest about their feelings and hurts.
Pray that forgiveness and healing will flow through the church.