CONFLICT CAN BE A BLESSING…………..I don’t know too many people who have seen the conflict in their life as a blessing.  Conflict undoubtedly can zap us of our joy and passion.  Conflict has brought great harm between nations, co-workers, spouses and friends.

Not all people have viewed their conflict as a curse, though.  Consider Paul.  As he wrote the letter to the church in Philippi, Paul was physically in prison bound by chains.  It could have been a chance to whine about how life had gone the wrong direction.  It could have been a moment to curse those who had wronged him.  It could have been the chance for Paul to turn from God.

Instead……Paul made the conscious choice to view his on-going conflict as a blessing!  Listen to what he says about his prison experience:

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  As a result it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly (Phil. 1:12-14)

Paul chose to see his chains as God’s way of opening more doors to him.  In Paul’s prison epistle of Philippians, the word joy occurs over 13 times!  Conflict was not just the opening of doors, it actually became a source of joy.

Let your conflict become a source of joy.  How are you growing in your current conflicts?  Looking back on past conflicts, what positive changes came into your life as a result of the struggle?

There is much more to be said about conflict.  This Sunday in our Bible Study class, we will begin an eleven week study on the topic of conflict.  The material behind the study comes from Dr. Bill Graybill’s book, “Resolving Conflict God’s Way”.  If you want your own copy, please see Oscar–the cost is $12.

MEN’S BREAKFAST………..This Saturday, February 7th at 8:30 am is our Men’s Breakfast.  Philomath’s City Office Manager, Chris Workman, is coming to share some of the goals and plans that the city leadership is considering.  Should be an excellent opportunity to be better engaged with what is happening around us.  Email Oscar, if you haven’t already, if you plan on attending so that we can plan for food.