Whenever we communicate, misunderstandings come to play. And as soon as that happen conflict may be the result. Conflicts are disagreements, struggles, or battles over opposing issues or principles. Conflictus, the Latin word, means an “act of striking together or clashing with.”
There are all kinds of different conflict: Intra-personal conflict: A struggle within oneself to decide between two or more choices. Interpersonal conflict: A clash of ideas or interests between two or more people. Intra-organisational conflict: A competitive or opposing action within a group (a family, department, church, political party, state, or nation). Inter-organisational conflict: A battle or opposing action between two or more groups (families, companies, religions, or countries).
What Is God’s Heart on Conflict Resolution?
Conflicts can be used to accomplish God’s purpose. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Conflicts cannot always be avoided. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Conflicts are not necessarily bad. Handled well, they provide an opportunity for role modeling.“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Conflicts require action toward peace.“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)
Conflicts require advance preparation and planning. “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:13)
Conflicts can be settled through negotiation. “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” (Proverbs 19:20)