The next time you encounter conflict, ask the question, “I wonder what God is up to now?” Conflict is often an opportunity to learn something new about God, through forgiveness and reconciliation.
I have learned how to turn conflict and confrontation into opportunities to resolve differences. Just imagine a scenario where there is neither victor nor vanquished. Imagine living in a world where a disagreement can be resolved through the process of peace-making. Sitting side-by-side instead of sitting as opposites allows the possibility that there can be a win-win. Neither side wins a total victory. Each side feels that they negotiated and their main concerns have been addressed and satisfied.
This message is an excerpt from “Road to Reconciliation” by Rosemary Dyson in the June 2016 Gather magazine. Today is Veteran’s Day when we honor our military veterans. We also remember Martin, Bishop of Tours, who died in 397, and Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a teacher, who died in 1855.