God has ordained families and communities to be the sources from which we draw strength and gain perspective about who we are and how we fit into God’s overall plan. People in community tend to be like-minded on some core issues, but will have different perspectives that contribute to building up the group. Unfortunately, sometimes these differences interfere with our family dynamics and cause unhealthy conflict. Our ability to deal effectively with such conflict will have a profound effect on our survival.
As a faith community, our local church is also susceptible to unhealthy conflict. In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul admonishes us to adopt the mind of Christ so that we are able to maintain unity in the body of Christ. If conflict should arise, then we have a divine perspective that gives us the ability to love one another instead of pursuing our self-interest. Indeed, we also have the Holy Spirit, who is able to guide our hearts and minds toward sacrificial service on behalf of the entire church. This is key to helping us resolve conflicts that threaten to destroy us. May God continue to teach us how to serve each other with humility.