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Daily encouragement from Trinity Vineyard Church

Conflict Resolution

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8

Families that resolve conflict together stay together.

If the devil came to you for counsel on how to destroy families, what would your advice be? Perhaps you would recommend the weapon of mass destruction, unforgiveness. Harmony is poisoned and trust is eroded by unforgiveness. Unforgiveness feeds suspicion and fertilizes bitterness.

As a result of living in a fallen world among fallen people, conflict is inevitable. In other words, motion causes friction. It is not a matter of “if” conflict will happen, but a matter of “when” conflict will occur. Conflict is a natural part of life in a broken world.

Every relationship at some point will hit the wall of conflict. Every wall of conflict has a door which leads to conflict resolution, meaningful conversation, and intimacy. Unfortunately, we often react to the wall of conflict by withdrawing or attacking. Instead of patiently pursuing conflict resolution, we take a short cut and forfeit the potential on the other side of the wall of conflict.

What if we were willing to risk the pursuit? What if we were willing to allow God to navigate us through the process of locating the door positioned at every wall of conflict? What if we decided to resolve conflict together?

Forgiveness unlocks the door!

Ordonez Lasso.

Weldon Edwards: weldon@trinityvineyardchurch.com