We’ve shared with you Grace Gems – a daily encouragement of Puritan thought sent to you via e-mail, but we don’t remember if we’ve shared Ken Sande’s PeaceMeal, from Peacemaker Ministries. He is the author of the excellent book, The Peacemaker. If you have not read it – we highly, highly recommend it. It is invaluable in how it leads the reader to see and apply Biblical reconciliation in all relationships.
A bonus to whet your appetite is to determine what your natural bent is – being a peacemaker, a peace breaker, or a peace faker.
- The first is the biblical response to conflict.
- The second is the one given to anger and control when it comes to conflict.
- The latter is one who craves peace at ALL costs – sweeping serious issues under the rug, so to speak, and refuses to confront others.
So, today we wanted to share with you yesterday’s PeaceMeal – their e-mail encouragement titled:
Food for Thought
Does believing that God works for your good in a conflict depend on your ability to see what that good is? What happens to your belief if you don’t see that good for several weeks, months, years… or not at all this side of heaven?
In these situations, we must hold tight to the wealth of promises in Scripture and look closely at those passages that reveal the character of God. In times of greatest uncertainty, we must consciously choose to believe that God is working all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). We may not understand what God is doing, but we can always trust in who God is and trust that he knows what he’s accomplishing.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8.
May the Lord grant you a conflict-free weekend, but if He chooses not to…know that it is for your good and His glory!