"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
What is a peacemaker?? Some think that it is avoiding conflict -- even if the conflict is affecting everyone. Some think that it is "minding your own business," looking the other way, staying out of it.
The Biblical model, however, is just the opposite.
"If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back." Matthew 18:15
Want to be a peacemaker? You may need to go up to someone and say, "We need to talk!" Do so in private, in love and in wisdom.
Stop avoiding. It's not getting better! It's not getting you anywhere and it's definitely not creating PEACE.
Inspired by the relationship doctor, Dr. Linda Mintle and her book, "We need to Talk."
You can listen to Dr. Linda Mintle on the Janet Parshall Radio show here: Moody Radio.
What kind of conflict style do you tend to sway toward? Take the assessment here:
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This is great insight on how I can improve my conflict resolution style. What did your score look like? We are on our ways to becoming peacemakers!