When conflict trumps kindness

When conflict trumps kindness, communication collapses and coercion commences. Some people’s only concept of conflict resolution is overpowering their perceived opponent.

People can choose to be our enemy and refuse to be reconciled to us, but no one can stop us from loving and forgiving them. It takes courage to listen to and consider truth that you don’t want to hear.

“Speaking the truth in love” prevents disagreement from becoming conflict. It also requires much more strength than speaking the truth in anger.

Often it’s better to end a fight than to win it. “Blessed are the peacemakers.” If a wall is painted black on one side and white on the other, unless you’ve seen both sides, you’ll think it is only one color. Take an honest look from the other side of the wall.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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