This month our C2D podcast is Coaching Through Conflict. February is also the month when we see hearts everywhere leading up to Valentine’s Day – a day for celebrating love. The bible has something to say about conflict, hearts and love – all wrapped up very nicely in Colossians 3:12-17 (AMP).
~ “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has (freely) forgiven you, so must you also (forgive).”
~ “Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state) to which as (members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live).”
~And above all these (put on) love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness (which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony).”
Notice, if you will, that this scripture portion is a call to action in that we are told to do something about the conflicts we face rather than just playing “sit-back” thereby allowing Satan to wreak havoc in our lives and in the lives of those we engage. But what are we to do?
While the answer to that question varies depending on circumstances (such as who is involved and what are the circumstances), there are at least three things every one of us can do to live out the directives found in this scripture portion. We can Commit -that is to make the effort regardless; we can Prepare – by conducting a check of our motives; and we can Respond – from a heart perspective. In other words, we can learn how to apply CPR in our conflict situations.
We invite you to download Conflict CPR from our Lunch & Lead link below. Take a lunch period, pull some friends (or co-workers) together and enjoy a new perspective about Jesus’ words in John 16, “In this world you will have trouble (conflicts), but take HEART!…I have overcome the world.”
Assistant Director – School for Leadership Development