Conflict


“After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.” Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.” ‭Acts ‬ ‭15:36-41‬ ‭NLT‬‬ We all face some type of conflict daily. It can be that someone hurts us, it can be a simple misunderstanding and poor communication or we just do not see eye to eye. It's how we handle the conflict and respond, that is what is important. We can respond harshly, complain, and gossip to others. Or we can try to working out, overlook it, move forward or unite under a common cause. You see we never finish growing spiritually or get to a point where we are not prone to human weaknesses that can hurt our relationships. We see this with Paul and Barnabas over John Mark. Paul did not want to work with John Mark after he abandoned them on a mission earlier. (Acts 13:13-14). Barnabas did. (We are not sure why he left them, perhaps it was lack of faith, conflict, homesick, fear or immaturity.) This resulted in a sharp disagreement and split between Paul and Barnabas. We see later that they reconcile their conflict because they were united under a common cause. The advancement of God’s Word. Like these godly men, no matter how spiritually mature we become, we can encounter conflict even with other godly people. When this happen we must first seek God’s Will and be careful to respond in a way that will further God’s Word and His Kingdom. I Pray that as we encounter daily conflict that we seek His Will first and then act in a way that God is seen through our response.

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