Conflict and Intimacy

Growing up, what were you taught about Biblical conflict resolution?  Ha, ha!  Me too, nada, zip.  I went blindly into friendships, marriage, parenting, jobs knowing next to nothing about healthy conflict.  Yet conflict resolution is at the heart of the message of Jesus. He died to reconcile us to the Father, and wants us to reconcile relationships here on earth.

Practical help on conflict resolution? It’s there, in the Bible --speaking the truth in love, appropriate anger, forgiveness, initiating reconciliation, admitting faults, dealing gently with those who error, and many more. If I can apply these principles, relationships are restored, intimacy happens, character is built and I become more like Christ. I still want to avoid conflict, but I know it’s best to step into it… with God’s help.