How to Confront Conflict
God’s Wisdom shows us the value of a soft answer, one without sharp edges or points. The kind of answer that can actually turn away wrath.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Pr. 15:1
When people come to us in wrath or anger, we are often tempted to be harsh in response. Our competitive nature often goads us to respond in like kind. Worldly ways would dictate that we respond as such. In doing so we give power and control to the other party.
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” – Psalm 37:8-9
While human nature does not normally have the capacity to respond to anger with gentleness, thankfully for the Christian, the power of the Holy Spirit in us, does! In 2Peter 1:2,3, & 6 we are told that “…through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.… His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life …” and that our faith should foster “…self- control…” in our lives.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:5-8
Spend time a little time with the Lord each day to help build your faith, gain self-control, and learn how to turn away wrath!