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Collide: Torrey Conference 2014

Know God, know peace

Annette Friesen speaks at the last main session of Torrey Conference 2014 on how to help others who are seeking to resolve conflict. | Jenny Oetzell/THE CHIMES

 

Annette Friesen concluded Torrey Conference 2014 with a profound finishing touch on Friday morning. This year’s conference centered on collisions such as disagreements that we face every day in our relationships. Friesen provided the audience with an in-depth look at how we deal with conflict and ways to coach others experiencing conflict. The final session focused on the way conflict gives us an opportunity to glorify God, serve others, and grow to be more like Christ.

Friesen explained that before we can deal with the issues of the other person, we must remove the proverbial logs from our eyes. We must ask God to change our own heart, not the other person. Friesen reminded the audience that God calls us to be peacemakers, this means we must shift the focus away from ourselves. Instead, Friesen encouraged to ask questions such as, “What can I do to help?” Or “How could I have responded differently?”

This closing session opened the audience's eyes to the important role the gospel takes in resolving conflict. We tend to think that the opposing party needs to change when in reality, Friesen pointed out that God is looking to transform us. We are the ones who need to humble ourselves and ask the Lord to change our hearts in order to reach a resolution that is aligned with the gospel. Our purpose is to connect people to a living, active, redeeming Christ. We can share experience and be in the same spiritual family, but we are never above someone else. Love your enemies. Be kind to them. Pray for them and be reminded of what Jesus did on the cross for you.

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  1. hopelio jean jacques

    REMOVING THE PROVERBIAL LOGS FROM OUR EYES,LOVING OUR ENNEMIES,BEING KIND TO THEM WILL NOT BE SO EASY TO APPLY.BUT IF WE PUT GOD IN OUR HEART BEFORE,NOTHING WILL NOT STOP US TO DO THE RIGHT THING.IT WAS VERY GREAT FROM YOU TO ADVICE ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
    October 27, 2014

  2. Jrafi Smith

    An instructive post. People to really know who they want to reach and why or else, they'll have no way to know what they're trying to achieve. People need to hear this and have it drilled in their brains..
    Thanks for sharing this great article.
    November 19, 2014

  3. Desy

    Being close to God bring peace, for those who believe. September 14, 2016

  4. Pabrik Pengering

    All religions do peace.

    http://pabrikpengering.com/product-category/mesin-pengering-pakaian/ May 19, 2017

  5. James Adam

    God is enough if anyone has such strong faith in God. http://balancehs.com September 19, 2017

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  7. Anthony Eshun

    God said he stretched the heavens with his hands,created boundaries for the oceans.He is great so let us consider his greatness each day.Read more about his greatness here;http://africanparadiseworld.com/2017/10/20/gods-greatness/ October 22, 2017

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