A Good and Necessary Tension Part 3

Written by on June 5, 2013

Dog Abby #3What does God call us to do when we experience tension in personal conflicts?

(For last week’s tips, #1-4, click here.)

5.)  Forgive those involved. Take a few minutes and make a mental list of whom you need to forgive. Breathe out resentment. Breathe in forgiveness.

6.)  Speak present-future over one another. Acknowledge the contributions and growth you see. Instead of looking back at the past,  look ahead. Speak to strength that’s on its way: “Here’s what I see in you . . .”

7.)   Pray together. Never underestimate the power of combining forces in prayer. Take command! Push back the enemy together.

Pray, “God take the awkward, choppy parts in this chaos and use them.” Then express God’s love in the conflict. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

8.)  Navigate with your spiritual eyes.  Still can’t see what’s going on in the tension? Me neither. But when the devil slaps a blindfold around our natural eyes, we get to navigate by discerning with our spiritual sight. Slow your mind. Calm yourself and listen to worship music. What’s God speaking to your heart as you practice the presence of His Holy Spirit?

Who says the assurance of what we hope for and certainty of what we can’t see would be a cake walk? Nope. We press in with the knowledge that every time we obey God, we find  renewal in our relationship with Him.

Are you in conflict with others? I totally hope so. What’s the role of forgiveness in improving our ability to see with the eyes of our hearts?

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Comments
  1. Susan   On   June 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Forgiving, speaking scripture out loud, praying together, and walking in the Spirit help us to deal with conflict in our lives in a God-centered manner. Great reminder!

    • Lynn Hare   On   June 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I especially like what you said about walking in the Spirit. You know, speaking the truth in love. I pray that when I speak the truth, I don’t sprint and leave out the love!

  2. marc bettinger   On   June 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Last weekend I found myself swimming in a choppy sea in the midst of a desert. Yet rapidly my past fears and anxiety were transformed into the excitment of divine possibilities for my life. I began atlast to bathe and live into the wonderous waves of His redemption, as my eyes now filled with salty tears of His love. Faith replaced devilish doubts, and my Blessing again revealed that my love could be “paid forward “, for His larger purpose. My bliss I share…dear one! m b

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