your leadership journey, you will experience conflict. The joining together of
different personalities and leadership styles will inevitably result in different
plans and opinions. Wherever people are involved, there will be conflict. People’s
differences, flaws, and insecurities will spark frustration and tension. Trying
to escape these unpleasant stressors will only deepen the frustration and
heighten the tension. Conflict is inevitable, unavoidable, and inescapable. Leaders
must accept this and be ready to face it.
To develop a
healthy view of conflict, leaders must understand how others view conflict.
Some people view conflict as a sin to avoid, but others view conflict as an
opportunity to assert authority and establish a position. Yet, the proper view
of conflict recognizes the dual tension between truth and grace. When a person acknowledges
this dual tension, conflict becomes an opportunity to seek truth while giving
a healthy view of conflict perceives the positive benefits of conflict. Although
we may not understand this, God has several purposes for allowing conflict. Initially,
conflict forces us to face issues not faced before. It pushes us to address the
growing tensions that lie beneath the surface. Next, conflict forces us to find
common ground. If we are to resolve conflict, we must determine the areas where
our opinions overlap with the opinions of others. Third, conflict, when properly
handled, draws people together. When people work towards mutual benefits, they
demonstrate that they care for one another—despite differences. Finally,
conflict causes us to change and grow and become more like Christ. Jesus did not
shy away from conflict, but rather, He followed the wise saying of Proverbs
27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
ask God to give you a measure of His grace and truth for dealing with conflict.
Allow Him to transform your view of conflict into a healthier, more
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