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How do you look at conflict?

How do you look at conflict?   I’m starting to see conflict as an opportunity for God to do a work in me and in those around me as we allow the Holy Spirit to apply Biblical truths to our lives as we work towards reconciliation.

Conflict shows our true colors, who or what is reigning in our hearts (James 4:1-3).  Words, actions and reactions come from the overflow of the heart.  The heart issues must be honestly dealt with to bring full resolution to conflict.  These heart issues can easily be or become idols.   Idols are anything put in the rightful place of our Holy Loving Creator God.  Something or someone we loved more, trusted and depended on more, or allowed to reign in the place of our God.  Idols are very deceptive and subtle.  Many times conflict is not resolved because one or more of the parties to the conflict does not see the idols or will not repent of the idols.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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The Three Opportunities

“As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we believe that we are called to respond to conflict in a way that is remarkably different from the way the world deals with conflict.  We also believe that conflict provides opportunities to glorify God, serve other people, and grow to be like Christ.”  From THE PEACEMAKER’S PLEDGE, Peacemaker Ministries  

Let’s acknowledge that “opportunity” is not the first word that comes to mind when confronted with a conflicted situation, especially if we ourselves are one of the parties in that conflict.  However, after further, prayerful consideration, we may properly conclude that biblical resolution to the matter does hold great potential.  Let’s briefly examine the three opportunities mentioned in the pledge above. 

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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 | No Comments »
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