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Do you need wisdom to resolve a conflict in a relationship? Perhaps you did not contribute to the disagreement or offense, but you find yourself trying to find a way to diffuse the situation. I recommend reading the account of Abigail in I Samuel 25:1-39 for a biblical perspective on conflict resolution. There is much we can learn from her about handling difficult and even dangerous situations. Abigail used spiritual understanding, godly character, diplomacy, humility and good judgement to protect her family and avoid a devastating end to the offense committed by her husband Nabal toward David. The outcome of…

Micah 7:8 “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness the Lord shall be a light unto me.” I have always read this scripture incorrectly. For some reason, I always made “enemy” plural. I would read it in my mind “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemies.” As if every person who hurt me, rejected me, or didn’t agree with me was automatically an enemy. I have come to the realization that no matter the situation, there is only one enemy at work. The person that continues to hurt you,…

mask“Buck-up” therapy. You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? In fact, we all have probably subscribed to the philosophy. Pretending that nothing is wrong, we gamely appear to be unaffected by the conflict and stress that fills our lives. After all, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness. The tendency to bluff our way through our problems often prevents us from receiving the help and support we desire. We need each other, and we need God. None of us are capable of maneuvering through the obstacles of life without a Savior.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You are our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for allowing us to come before You without masks or pretense. You are our safe place.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock