We all deal with conflict.
Knowing how can make all the difference.
In fact, it’s such an important subject that courses on it are offered at universities and colleges worldwide. Self-help gurus litter the Internet, and mental health professionals offer one-on-one advice on the subject daily.
So what’s the big deal? What exactly is conflict resolution about?
At its core, it is the process by which two or more parties find a peaceful solution when they do not agree about something.
Doesn’t sound very hard, but it really can be.
If this process did not require open-hearted negotiation and humility, we would not have so much trouble, but it requires both.
Why is this difficult?
As Christians, one would think it would be a piece of cake for us to confer with our Father and settle matters between us, and that’s our goal, as “all her [wisdom’s] paths are peace” Proverbs 3:17.
It would be if just our spirits were always in control, but that is not the case. We were created spirit, soul, and body, so even though we believe in Jesus, way too often we allow our souls (emotions) to run the show. Only when we change that are we on trustworthy and steady ground when it comes to conflict.
Face it. All of us have strong emotions and opinions we think are well-formed. We are complicated beings, and God wants us to walk in His wisdom—especially when we deal with conflict. To resolve conflict God’s way requires that we listen to Him and to each other, not just to our own emotions and opinions.
Today we’re going to delve into God’s perspective on conflict resolution. It’s a fascinating subject. Please join in.