May 5, 2021 | Podcast, The Living Room

058: Love is the Resistance by Ashley Abercrombie


“Conflict is normal. There is no relationship without conflict or tension!

Are you tired of losing relationships over disagreements?

In this episode, Ashley Abercrombie, shares powerful truths from her upcoming book, Love Is the Resistance: Learn to Disagree, Resolve the Conflicts You’ve Been Avoiding, and Create Real Change. In a world that is growing increasingly divided, Ashley encourages us to lead change and love others well by learning to engage in healthy conflict. When done right, conflict has the potential to grow love instead of tear it down.

God has given His church the ministry of reconciliation. It is time to set aside our need to be right and choose to lead in love and live out the Word of God.

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Important Takeaways from Show

  • We don’t have to make someone who disagrees with us into our villain
  • Differing opinions do not need to cost us relationships
  • We need differing opinions
  • Every person is made in the image of God and can teach us something about Him
  • “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5)
  • Christianity is not meant to be comfortable; God calls us to crucify ourselves daily (Luke 9:23)
  • If we want to live Biblically, we must learn to think Biblically
  • “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15
  • Paul addresses disputable matters in Romans 14 because the people of God will not always see things the same
  • Our judgment can cause others to fall, when God wants to help them stand (Romans 14)
  • When we start pointing our finger at someone else, we have stopped loving
  • People will know that we are followers of Jesus by our love, our unity and our fruit (John 13-17)
  • Things grow when there is diversity (e.g. poly cropping)
  • Follow the example of Jesus – A part from Him, the disciples would not have naturally chosen to walk or eat a meal together
  • Unity is not assimilation or uniformity; it is joining together in love through Christ
  • “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 
  • Seek to understand one another so that you can love each other better
  • We are called to build bridges – if our opinions are not filtered through love they will never bridge someone over to the love of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9)
  • We have been given the ministry of reconciliation (reconciling people to God, ourselves and others)

"3 Ways to Engage in Healthy Conflict" - Ashley Abercrombie - The Living Room Podcast - Ep 058

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Hebrews 12:14

Links from Show

NEW BOOK (Releases August 2021, Pre-order now): Love Is the Resistance: Learn to Disagree, Resolve the Conflicts You’ve Been Avoiding, and Create Real Change

Why Tho Podcast 

The Biggest Little Farm

PREVIOUS EPISODE: 029: Rise of the Truth Teller with Ashley Abercrombie | The Living Room

BOOK: Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell it Like it is, and Live with Holy Gumption

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