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 co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We 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 called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s