How to Avoid Conflict

Bible Summary. The Bible provides a great examples of how to avoid conflict when dealing with friends and family. To avoid conflict with the people around us, we need to first address the source of the conflict that dwells in us. The best way to avoid conflict is to draw closer to God. If someone is not receptive to the Gospel, the truth will be ignored, misunderstood, and even produce conflict.

How to Avoid Conflict
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How to Avoid Conflict with Friends and Family, or Anyone.

Abraham in Bible provides a great example of how to avoid conflict when dealing with friends and family. He divided the object of contention into two satisfactory options, and then let the other party choose which option. Genesis 13:8 describes how Abraham avoided conflict with Lot.

Genesis 13:8, “And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.”

Avoid Conflict By Humbling Yourself.

To avoid conflict with the people around us, we need to first address the source of the conflict that dwells in us. It is the sin in us that causes conflict with the people around us. Proverbs 17:19 advises us to be humble and not prideful as the prideful love strife.

Proverbs 17:19, “He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.”

Illustration of Forgiveness and Loving Your Neighbor…

Avoid Conflict by Drawing Closer to God.

The best way to avoid conflict is to draw closer to God. If you call on Him, He will protect you. No matter what pressures and conflict man can bring upon you, God will protect you. Psalm 31:20 advises us to hide in the secret of God’s presence from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 31:20, “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”

Avoiding Conflict in Christian Ministry.

If someone is not receptive to the Gospel, the truth will be ignored, misunderstood, and even produce conflict. As Christians we must look for every opportunity to minister the Gospel, but avoid conflict. Matthew 7:6 advises us not to cast our pearls before swine as it will be of no use and stir up conflict.

Matthew 7:6, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”