3 Plans to Resolve Conflict

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Life is, by definition, a struggle.

Our alarm clock alone is evidence of that. It goes off, we groan and fume, and we want more than anything to draw back under the covers.

The conflict comes from our desire to remain in our cocoon of warmth versus the need to earn the living that pays for it.

Other conflicts arise from differences between spouses, anger at injustices tossed our way, or overreacting to offenses that irk us.

The Word of God gives us 3 Plans to Resolve Conflicts.

Our 1st plan is in Colossians 3:19.

“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”

We need to toss harshness on the garbage heap. Treat our loved ones as the treasures they are. Put ourselves in their shoes and think how they feel.

Our 2nd plan comes from Ephesians 4:26.

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”

Anger is a natural response. It’s God-given and acceptable. The key is to not let anger control us, but for us to be in control of our anger. We must resolve our differences in a caring way.

Our 3rd plan speaks to us from Proverbs 14:29.

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”

Tolerance is the key. Patience. Understanding. Self-control. Generally, we need to practice the Fruits of the Spirit in our dealings with our fellow travelers through this life.

Conflicts don’t have to destroy our day. Our Father in heaven has laid out a plan to help us improve our relationships with each other.

We may not be able to resolve our conflict with our alarm clock, but people deserve our respect and understanding. When we put God in the mix, every situation will become better.

God’s love is key to enjoying the best relationships possible.

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