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Biblical principles govern all that we do. If you would prefer, all of our dispute resolution services can be specifically conducted under the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation. The distinctive of this approach is the centrality of Christ; the responsibility of His church; and the necessity of Biblical counseling.

Christian conciliation promotes traditional Judeo-Christian values and principles that are an essential addressing an offense or to resolve a conflict within a community of faith. They also are supportive of healthy relationships and promote the proper functioning of our society, and are essential within or between organizations.

For example, when submitting a case to Christian Conciliation you will be encouraged to:

  • Be honest: "Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor" (Eph. 4:25).
  • Do what is just and merciful: "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Mic. 6:8).
  • Accept responsibility for your actions: "First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's" (Mt. 7:5).
  • Keep your word: "Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’ (Mt. 5:37).
  • Be concerned about the interests of others: "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil. 2:4).
  • Listen carefully to what others say: "He who answers before listening, that is his folly and his shame" (Prov. 18:13).
  • Overlook minor offenses: "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense" (Prov. 19:11).
  • Confront others constructively: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Eph. 4:29).
  • Be open to forgiveness and reconciliation: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Eph. 4:32).
  • Change harmful attitudes and behavior: "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Prov. 28:13).
  • Make restitution for any damage you have caused: "If a man uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, the owner of the pit must pay for the loss" (Ex. 21:33-34).

In other words, when using Christian conciliation, you will be encouraged to follow the rule that God has given to govern relations between all people:

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Mt. 7:12).

Adapted from Guidelines for Christian Conciliation, ver. 4.5, Institute for Christian Concilation.

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