Kevin Sande's The Peacemaker

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One of the most difficult and humbling jobs a person can have is being a peacemaker. Conflicts, arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings will eventually spring up in any relationship, and it is important to be able to work through these biblically. Failing to work through relational conflict in a godly and biblical manner leads to more anger, distrust, and hurt. Kevin Sande walks his readers through some effective steps toward reconciliation and forgiveness, reminding them to honor God, act like God, and bring others to God in the process. Sande appropriately begins the book by discussing glorifying God in conflict and its management. In I Corinthians 10:37, Paul commands Christians to do everything for the glory of God. If honoring …show more content…
This can prevent the reader from reading the book without ever considering how it is applicable to him. They are deep, probing, and relevant questions, which always include praying about the specific areas concentrated on in that chapter. The encouragement to pray is beneficial because otherwise one might be tempted to try to apply the tips, acronyms, and keys without seeing the need for God's help. The questions also encourage further scriptural study, which allows God convict and guide one's specific situation according to His …show more content…
He covers important points of reconciliation like bringing glory to God, checking motives and desires, and forgiving only through the Spirit's help. The book has many strengths, including how it is broken down and the many anecdotes and grammatical tools to help remember them by. The book is not free of weaknesses and might have benefitted from more focus on who God is and how we relate to Him. Because everyone will have to work through conflict at some point in their life, Sande's book is a very helpful tool to give direction in how to do that

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