April 21, 2024

Dealing With Conflict

Romans 12:17-19

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

—  Romans 12:18

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, but as followers of Christ we are called to pursue peace and reconciliation. In the midst of conflict we have the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and bring healing to broken relationships.

When facing conflict, we begin by examining our own hearts and seeking humility. We strive to understand the perspectives of others and to respond with kindness, empathy, and forgiveness. Our goal is not to win arguments but to build bridges and restore relationships.

The process of reconciliation requires patience, grace, and a willingness to listen. We invite God to work in us and through us, enabling us to extend forgiveness and to seek restoration. As we yield to the Lord’s guidance, he empowers us to respond with love and wisdom.

In dealing with conflict, we rely on the Holy Spirit to guide our words and actions. We pray for the strength to lay down our pride, extend forgiveness, and pursue peace. Through our peacemaking efforts, we reflect the character of Christ and become agents of his reconciliation in a broken world.

Prince of Peace, in situations of conflict, help us to seek your wisdom. May we respond with love, kindness, and forgiveness. Grant us humility for reconciliation, and give us the strength to pursue peace. Bring healing and restoration, Lord. Amen.

About the author — Darrell Delaney

Darrell Delaney is a cohost of ReFrame’s podcast ministry Groundwork and serves as lead chaplain with Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry in Michigan. He considers it his life’s calling to create and facilitate life-giving environments in which people can thrive and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Darrell and his wife, Kia, have three children. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, and playing basketball, chess, and video games.

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