October 27, 2014
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Courageous is defined as not deterred by danger or pain; brave. It takes courage to resolve conflict with people. It’s not always easy or fun but it is necessary! God’s desire is that we live in harmony and peace with people. Unresolved conflict effects all people involved. Rick Warren in his Devotion called Daily Hope says unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life.
First, it blocks your fellowship with God. When you’re out of whack with others, you can’t be in harmony with God. When you’re distracted, when you’re in conflict with other people, you cannot have a clear connection with God. 1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar” (NLT).
Second, unresolved conflict hinders your prayers. Over and over again the Bible says that where there is conflict and sin and disharmony in your life, your prayers are blocked.
Third, unsolved conflict hinders your happiness. You cannot be happy and in conflict at the same time. When conflict comes in the front door, happiness goes out the back.
So how do you resolve conflict? Rick further states, “ You must take the initiative. Don’t wait for others to come to you; go to them. You be the peacemaker. Don’t ignore, deny or push the conflict under the carpet. The conflict is not going to resolve itself. You’ve got to intentionally deal with it. Only courageous people resolve conflict. Maybe the most courageous thing you can do is face an issue that you’ve been ignoring for a long time in your marriage, or with your kids, or with your employees, or your boss, or whoever.Where do you find the courage to face it? You get it from God. 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline.” That means if you let God’s Spirit fill your life, you’re going to be filled with power, love, and self-discipline. And God’s love overcomes fear. When your love is greater than your fear, you’ll do things you’re afraid to do. That’s called courage. When you’re filled with God’s love, you’ll also be filled with love for that person who is irritating you or that person you’re in conflict with.”
Personal Application: Do you have unresolved conflict? Take the initiative today!
Home Application: Do you have a plan in place when conflict arises in your home?
Will you be courageous today?
Devotional written by Kathy Spade