August 29, 2021
The Lost Art of Wisdom - Proverbs
All growing, developing relationships will eventually experience conflict. Why do I say that? Am I just a pessimist? No! I’m just old enough to have experienced this reality and we’re all flawed human beings who will eventually either hurt or be hurt by others. Some of you might think, “That only happens to people who do not have a relationship with Jesus but once people become followers of Jesus, we can avoid conflict.” I wish that were true, but it’s not. Why not? Look at the bible. It is filled with stories of conflict between people who claim to follow God. Why is that? Even though we receive a new identity as a child of God when we put our faith in Jesus, we are still learning how to live out that new identity. We won’t get it all figured out in this life which means those remnants of our old life, our old identity, and all its baggage still raise their ugly head resulting in interpersonal conflict. Proverbs provides a great deal of wisdom regarding conflict and Jesus taught us how to handle our conflicts.
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