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Summary: Wearing a mask that shows everything’s fine Says that life’s struggles are not God’s design; But when we’re open, transparent, and true, People will trust God to meet their needs too

Spirt Led Helps In Managing Conflicts

I Cor 2:7-10 - "We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began...but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit."

Illustration: We were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. --2 Corinthians 7:5

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Everything’s Fine. They’re dedicated to ministering to people and everyone respects them, but many feel uncomfortable around them.

They always speak in glowing terms about their marriage and the joys of parenthood. They have a Bible verse for every situation. One of their friends said, "When I’m around them, I don’t feel free to say how I really feel. When I do, they just tell me to ’trust God.’"

Now consider the apostle Paul. Instead of pretending that everything was always okay, he was transparent about his own struggles. This made people feel safe to open up to him. Listen to his honesty: "Our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears" (2 Cor. 7:5).

Sharing those painful experiences and raw emotions enabled Paul to give this sincere testimony: "Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus" (v.6).

But how can greater honesty and transparency make us more effective in our ministry to others? If people see how Christ meets our needs when we’re struggling, they will be more willing to trust Him themselves. And what greater ministry could we have than this? --JEY

Wearing a mask that shows everything’s fine

Says that life’s struggles are not God’s design;

But when we’re open, transparent, and true,

People will trust God to meet their needs too (Our Daily Bread)

1. The Holy Spirit gives us God’s secret wisdom to handle any conflict in our personal lives or ministries. Paul wrote, "We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began...but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit." (I Cor. 2:7,10) Ask the Lord to give you the emotional, mental, cultural, Biblical, relational, organizational, ministry and spiritual wisdom to be able to handle conflicts as Jesus would.

2. The Holy Spirit gives us the peace to be able to realize that we are not responsible to solve every conflict in our organization. Some conflicts are beyond our ability to resolve so we must learn to handle only the problems within our God given area of responsibility. "Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you." (I Pet .5:7) Pray for the serenity to cast your conflicts, outside of your responsibility, on the Lord.

3. The Holy Spirit uses conflicts to teach us how the Lord can use them to make us better rather than bitter. "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." (Heb 12:15) Ask the Lord to help you learn, grow and get better as a result of your enlightened perspective whenever you encounter conflicts. (James 1:2-5)

4. The Holy Spirit allows us to become a positive example to others in how they may successfully manage conflicts. Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:16) Ask the Lord to let your cool headed approach to solving conflicts provide a positive example for others to think, pray and consult the Godly before allowing their emotions to get out of control.

5. The Holy Spirit refines us and our organization through successful management of conflicts. Paul writes, "Tribulation works perseverance and perseverance proven character and proven character, hope." Ask the Lord to help you gain a more positive perspective toward conflicts, adversity and disagreements. Allow the Lord to do whatever is necessary to help you and your organization complete all of God’s plans.

6. The Holy Spirit uses conflicts to show us where are weak so we can become more mature. Paul wrote, "Speaking the truth in love, let us grow up into all aspects into Him who is the Head, even Christ." (Eph. 4:15) Ask the Lord for a teachable spirit so that you and your church can be all that God wants it to be.

7. The Holy Spirit teaches us the benefits of the body of Christ during conflicts. When one person is not able to bring resolution to a conflict, God sends someone else in the body of Christ who is specially equipped to find whatever answers that are needed. Paul wrote, "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them." (Rom. 16:3) Ask the Lord to teach us more of the benefits of working cooperatively with the church.

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