“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Written by: Michael Burgard
The greatest benefit of relationships is that we get to experience the unique gifts that others bring to the table. We also all have our own creative ways and desires of what we think is the best way to accomplish or handle a certain task, problem, or situation in our relationships.
One of the greatest ways I have learned to address conflict in relationships is by being authentic and transparent on what each party believes is best. This provides an open environment to share our personal desires on what we want the outcome to be. This eliminates grey area and hidden agendas. Another way is to commit to trying to understand others’ opinions and how they arrived at their conclusion.
As explained in our verses for today, the best way to understand someone is to serve them. When we can humble ourselves to serve despite our differences of opinion, it lowers the wall that has been built up by the conflict. This allows us to see others’ points of view more clearly, providing the ability to address conflict with a transparent understanding.
Thought of the day: Are you currently experiencing a conflict with someone? Have you not been willing to fully understand them before throwing up the boxing gloves?
Prayer: God, give me the courage to humble myself and take a position of serving anyone I experience a conflict with. Help me to bring down the wall of conflict and better understand where they’re coming from. In Jesus’ name, amen.