Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
–Proverbs 26:4 NLT
Conflicts arise in everyday life. One of the ways to handle disagreements is by following James 1:19 (NIV), “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Even if you are not the one causing the conflict, you should try to heal the problem. This will set you free.
Conflicts can cause you to have resentment, broken relationships, anxiety, and stress. Don’t let anyone rob your joy. Close the gap between the person you are today and the person God created you to be. God knows the real cause of the problem. Give it to God, and don’t take it back.
Jesus was wrongly accused, yet He still forgave those who accused Him. Since you are a follower of Jesus, let Him be your example. This will give you the peace found in Philippians 4:7 (NLT): “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Don’t dwell on the conflict—move forward and have peace.
- Ask God to help you be slow to speak and slow to become angry when conflicts arise.
- Pray for peace that only God can give in times of trouble.