The Outskirts of Hell

“There are some who find Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 18 difficult. One reason, of course, is that ‘no one likes conflict’, or maybe I should say, ‘No one likes the task of resolving conflict’. Most of us, if not all of us, try to avoid conflict at all cost. Either we ignore it, bury it, or we wait for it to resolve itself. None of these work, of course. In fact all of these decisions make matters worse. It’s true in the church, in a marriage, within our family,  at our workplace and in our community. It’s not new but it’s also not hopeless because Jesus tries to help. But ironically that’s the second thing that makes our lesson so difficult…”