Can I ask you, when was the last time that you were involved with a bunch of people who were in open conflict? People who were arguing about this or that, who couldn’t seem to find their way through it all. What role did you play in this mellay?
Navigating your way through conflict takes a lot of wisdom. It’s often easier simply to run away and avoid it altogether, although that often leaves situations unresolved and gaping wounds that never heal. Others roll up their sleeves and dive into the fray. Maybe they win, maybe they lose, but generally, it leaves relationships, not to mention their reputation, in tatters.
No, navigating conflict requires an uncommon wisdom:
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.
That’s quite a list there, to describe the wisdom that God wants to give us. Pure motives, a peaceful and gentle disposition. And imagine if, in an argument, you were easy to please. Imagine if you approached conflict with a genuine desire to help those in trouble and really, truly, to do good for others with an attitude of fairness and honesty.
How might that open conflict that I asked you to recall earlier, have played itself out if you’d come to the table with that kind of wisdom, pray tell? Granted, it’s not easy when you’re in the fray. But put the shoe on the other foot, when you run into a godly person with that sort of uncommon wisdom, what a joy it is.
Sadly they’re all too rare. So be one of them. Show the world the uncommon wisdom from God in the midst of conflict.
That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.