by Gabriel Powell | Jul 17, 2020
How long has it been since your last conflict? Many of us could count the hours—maybe even minutes. We are sandpaper people in a sandpaper world. Friction is a part of life.
A needy child interrupts your morning devotions. A co-worker unjustly blames you for a failed project. The church critic wants to speak with you about yesterday’s sermon. Your spouse makes plans without consulting the calendar. There are innumerable scenarios in life and ministry where conflict erupts.
Though Eliphaz wasn’t right about much, he was right about man when he said, “Man is born for trouble as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). This saying is trustworthy: whenever two sinners interact, there is a high likelihood of sparks.
In order to handle conflict in a way that glorifies God and promotes reconciliation with others, we must first understand the heart of the issue.