As I started to talk about conflict last week, I hope you were able to embrace it and also have a new perspective of humility as you deal with conflict. Once you take that first step and have that attitude of humility and service, you have to prepare for the confrontation. Remember, conflict isn’t meant to bring destruction, but meant to bring growth, so it’s time to also have the perspective as a peacemaker. Remember though, a peacemaker doesn’t “STUFF,” or define themselves as “people pleasers,” but are people who live out of grace. Inspired by Jesus Christ, we should draw continually on the power of the Holy Spirit, and then live out of His love, mercy, forgiveness, and wisdom to remove anger, improve understanding, promote justice, and model repentance and reconciliation. Our efforts to resolve conflict should be marked by lovingly sharing God’s Truth in order to restore the relationship.
Romans 12:18 (NIV)
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
So, What… for This Week?
Are YOU ready to confront conflict in YOUR life? It’s a scary proposition for those of us who are used to avoiding it! Spend time in prayer this week and ask God to show you what you need to confront and then make sure you also pray for an attitude of humility and then show His love as you step out in faith and deal with YOUR conflict!