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.