How to Resolve Conflict – Beloved Women – August 1, 2023
He says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” - Romans 12:18 NIV
When we are in the midst of resolving conflict, it is helpful to have a motivation beyond our own fleshly limitations. This is where a relationship with God is beneficial. When we are tempted to quit and give up on a resolution, God’s Word has the power to steer our resolve in a different direction.
Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul pinned such strong words in Romans 12:18 (NIV). He says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” He didn’t say live at peace with some, or those you find it easy to tolerate. He said everyone.
The truth that anchored Paul’s hard to embrace statement, is the nature of who God is; He is love. For every objection we could ever make, regarding the person we have a conflict with, the response is, God is love. This statement holds a tremendous amount of weight for those who believe God dwells on the inside of believers. If this statement is true, then we who believe in Him, are to exhibit this same love for one another. When we are in a conflict, we can ask ourselves, “What should love look like in this conflict?”
Dear Lord, please transform every place in me that does not want to resolve conflict. Help me to choose your way, over my own, and trust that you will empower me to love others, as you do.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
What might love look like when resolving a conflict?
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Originally published Tuesday, 01 August 2023.