How do you navigate conflict?
This is a massive part of our lives because we all have conflicts.
Through conflict, we are given a few choices. We can handle it through our faith in Jesus. We can take it our way or run it the way the culture says to.
Our ways are incomplete and limited. The cultural way is to handle it in division, pride, and my way or no way. Neither of these options brings the resolution we want, and they create chaos in our relationships.
The best way to navigate conflict is through our faith in Jesus!
This is where our foundation in Christ guides us to build a bridge of humility. This empowers us to forgive, speak the truth in love, and have healthy and necessary boundaries.
Humility opens the door to peace and unity. Conversely, pride opens the door to strife and division.
Every conflict we have is a result of pride.
“Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.”Proverbs 13:10
Notice that pride is the cause, and humility builds a bridge.
These two things are opposed, and it’s our choice how we will live and handle conflict.
Pride leads to embarrassment, and humility leads to blessings.
“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”Proverbs 16:18
“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.”Proverbs 29:23
The key to navigating conflict successfully is building the bridge of humility.
When we are humble, these three things will be evident.
First, we will forgive.
Jesus commands us to forgive because he has forgiven us. Forgiveness is massive when it comes to handling conflict the right way.
Is there anyone in your life you need to forgive?
Please do not hold on to unforgiveness. It will only hurt you and rob you of peace.
Second, we will go to the highest point of unity.
This is seeking to be unified at whatever level you can. It may not be the highest you want, but it seeks unity over division. Meaning we’re looking for a resolution. We’re staying in strife, but instead, we’re reaching for the highest point of unity.
Seek unity and not division.
Third, we evaluate ourselves.
We must look at how we can get healthier and better in Christ. If we’re always pointing fingers and blaming others, we miss the chance to be better and heal ourselves. Not every conflict is our fault, but we can learn about ourselves in conflict and choose to get healthier.
We must remember that Jesus wants to work in us, making us whom He wants us to be. Our job is not to prove everyone wrong but to ensure we are right with God and others.
What area is God leading you to improve on?
So, how do you handle conflict?
I encourage you to choose the Jesus way and build a bridge of humility. This is where we prosper, and this is where we come out on God’s side.
I pray blessings over your relationships and that your conflicts lead you to be closer to Jesus and to move forward in humility.
Have a great week, and the best is yet to come,