It’s Praise Thursday and Conflict Resolution day so we combined them! We took a look at how to resolve conflict based on God’s word.

Mary Yerkes references Ken Sande’s book The Peacekeeper, in her article from Focus on the Family. “Peacemakers are people who breathe grace,” says Sande. “They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then they bring his love, mercy, forgiveness, strength, and wisdom to the conflicts of daily life.”

Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is immune. When managed biblically, conflict can serve as a catalyst for change and an opportunity for spiritual and relational growth.

Skill and practical tools for resolving conflict are important. Here some practical tips, gleaned from professional conciliators, that can help you resolve personal conflict:

  • Define the problem and stick to the issue. Clearly define the issue and stay on topic during the discussion.
  • Pursue purity of heart. Before approaching others regarding their faults and shortcomings, prayerfully face up to your own. Confess any way you might have contributed to the problem.
  • Plan a time for the discussion. Plan a time to meet with the other person when you are both rested and likely to respond in love to the other person’s concerns.
  • Affirm the Relationship. Affirm the relationship before clearly defining the problem.
  • Listen carefully. Once you share your feelings, listen to the other person’s perspective.
  • Forgive. Forgive others as Christ has forgiven you.
  • Propose a solution. Remember the relationship is more important than the issue.

Word of the Day 

objectionably aggressive in offering one’s unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome

Have a great Thursday!