Even in the Bible, nobody gets along all the time.
However, disagreement doesn’t have to disrupt our unity and love for one another.
In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul shares a simple truth that leads to an effective stragety for working through conflict while keeping the peace.
It’s all in your head.
Seriously, how you think about the situation determines how you act in the middle of it. More importantly, what you believe about the other person determines how you behave towards them.
Paul shares this instruction with a church that had some serious disagreement going on, and along with the prescription comes a promise.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:8-9 (emphasis added)
Prayerfully practice the art of separating the issue from the individual.
Find the good in them and make that the focus of your heart instead of all the reasons why they’re wrong.
Don’t be afraid to tackle the subject on which you disagree, but if you see the person through the lens of love, you can preserve your unity and the conflict will lead to life.NOTE: You can read part 1 of this post here.