Greetings! Welcome to The Biblical Counseling Podcast. 

Conflicts are like forest fires. James says, "...The tongue is a flame of fire...It can set your whole life on fire..."  If you address them when they are still small, you can save yourself much grief. At the same time, many conflicts appear out of control, as desires erupt into massive confrontations. What is it that most often prevents conflicts from being resolved? 


In this first episode of the Biblical Counseling Podcast, Pastor Jeff Christianson and his wife, Jennie Christianson, introduce the podcast’s first series on conflict resolution. Pastor Jeff and Jennie want to train biblical counselors and biblical peacemakers. Biblical counselors are counselors who counsel’s God’s way with God’s Word. Pastor Jeff hopes to provide listeners around the country and the world with a weekly resource for training and equipping in biblical counseling. 


In this episode, Pastor Jeff and Jennie address the first prerequisite to resolving conflict in interpersonal relationships. The first prerequisite for conflict resolution is humility. Humility is often connected with pride. Pride is the one sin, above all others, that hinders our ability to resolve conflicts with others. Proverbs 13:10 says, "Pride leads to conflict..." What is the opposite of pride? Humility. Paul says, "I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle." Do you know that there are prerequisites to resolving conflict God's way? Would you like to know what they are? Join me in this episode to discover the answers.

In this series, we will see four main character qualities which help to prevent conflict:

  • Walking in Humility
  • Learn Gentleness
  • Forgiveness
  • Patience

What You'll Discover in this Episode:

  • The more we walk in the Lord, the easier the conflicts will become and the quicker they will be resolved.
  • Humble people have a realistic expectation of themselves and are willing to extend grace to others because they’ve been given grace.
  • The book of Job is a great example of Humility. 
  • No matter what comes your way, trust in the Lord.
  • The more we are content, it causes less conflict in our lives.


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  • Please provide a transcript of the podcast so that the salient points can be learned and practiced and perhaps included in our notebooks.

    • I agree that it would be nice to have a transcript, and I gave you a thumbs-up vote in support; but I decided to take notes because it helps me to reflect on what I am hearing, and solidify it by relating what I am writing to my own experiences. I am making my own transcript of the points being made by each speaker turn-for-turn, and tearing it out of my notebook, creating a binder of each podcast that I listen to. I know it takes a little more time, but all good things take time 🙂 Maybe this could help you too?

      • Hey Krisiti! Thanks for writing in and say hello! Let me ask, are you offering to type out the notes and transcribe these podcasts? That would be awesome! Many would be blessed and ministered to by you efforts. Let’s start with number and work your way through episode #90. Let me know! Jeff

  • That was so helpful and I totally agree with the lesson. I strongly believe that humbleness is the key factor to those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that Jesus has humbled Himself to die on the cross for mankind. James 1:22 says, ‘But be doers of the word and not hearers only.” Thank you for your great work in equipping fellow believers. May God so be with you.

    • Seershika! Thanks for checking in. I am glad that you find these episodes helpful 🙂

      I agree, the humility of Jesus is key.


  • I am grateful for the dialogue between Pastor Jeff and Jenny while they talk about walking in humility, learning gentleness, forgiveness and patience. I can relate, being married for 11 years, how all four of these main qualities are practiced each day, and polished to perfection through these trials or temptations that could violate these character qualities if we rely on the self rather than the spirit of the Lord who dwells within us.
    Being involved in ministry we come across many homeless people who do not display any of these qualities, and without having matured, could disrupt and additionally test these characters. Pastor Jeff quotes Ephesians 4:1-3 “therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling which you have been called, with all humility, and gentleness and patience showing forbearance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the spirit of the bond of peace.” If we are not walking in a manner worthy of the calling which we have been called, then we cannot effective in communicating, nor teach by example, because we will be scoffed at and rejected. Something important that I try to remember, is that when someone else is walking without these qualities, their attitude and behavior is not a reflection of how I am interacting with them, but rather, it is the fact that they have not yet accepted Christ, they have not began to take Him in and learn his ways, they have not been filled with the Holy Spirit; since they are lacking in spirit they are lacking in character, which is not a reflection of me. That is my cue that they are ready to be introduced and first must proceed with gentleness and love. My attitude of kindness will prepare them for the Lord’s harvest, and I do not want to spoil it while He is working on their hearts.
    This was a great podcast that allowed me to reflect on what I am doing that is worthy, which is to first walk in humility, and help me to see how I can change or add to my own behavior and interactions; this in turn will help others to have these same qualities and be ready to receive salvation.

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