Josiah O’laughlin // Ephesians 3:16 // Nobody likes conflict. There isn’t a time in my life where I thought; “You know what… I think I am going to make my social life harder.” I believe we all strive to have deep worthwhile relationships, but one thing that keeps us from that goal is the “drama.” If we had just the good parts of the friendship it would be so much easier right?
As a friend, I believe we experience greater bonds when we choose to engage in conflict with Godly help. I cannot control the other persons response or feelings, but I can add value to the conflict in real time as it’s happening. How? I find that if I am praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us, something supernatural tends to happen. If my heart in conflict can align with God’s heart the outcome will be far greater than either person could’ve made happen. The verse that comes to mind:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”- Ephesians 3:16
You hear that? Call on His spirit and we will be strengthened even in the moments of conflict. It works… Try it. Pray for peace. Pray for each of you to not see it as a win or lose. Pray to let the spirit work in you both, and to communicate as God would have you. Pray your relationship would be fortified. Watch what God does. God wants it and so do you.