Hello there friends,
This week, I’m attending a leadership course on “Managing Conflict.” Since I tend to avoid conflict, it has been a challenging experience for me. On the other hand, I love connecting and learning from the professors and classmates so the class has been quite rewarding as well. I am slowly beginning to understand that conflict is a good thing, a tool that God uses for my benefit and his ultimate good although it doesn’t always feel that way.
Conflict grows our spiritual maturity in a manner that David records in Psalm 37:
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret-it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land (vs 1-9, NIV).
Conflict encourages us not to worry, reminds us that God is in control. Conflict teaches us to trust in God and be faithful to the work that he has given us to do. Conflict puts our lives in proper prospective by gently saying again and again, “Desire God above all else. Patiently wait for his guidance. Trust in him. Commit your ways to him. God is the giver of hope.”
How well do you handle conflict? Do you confront when necessary or avoid like the plague? In what ways have you seen conflict work to your benefit?
Blessings until next week.
|© Natasha S. Robinson 2011|
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