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EmbracingConflictNone of us likes conflict, but it is part and parcel with life.   With conflict, often there is suffering.  Conflict can be anything from a disagreement with someone to a struggle of the mind, to a spiritual battle. Failed relationships, businesses that crash, spiritual warfare, are just some of the types of conflict that so many of us face and lack the courage to confront or don’t know how to confront.  But it is courage that God commands of us.   But you say “I am afraid”.  Realize that you will always face situations when fear will try to rule your life, and if we do not allow Jesus to get hold of our heart, and if we do not stay focused on Him in the moment, the conflict can have a devastating impact on our lives, not only emotionally, but in all that we perform daily (our jobs, our kids, new relationships, etc.).  God doesn’t want us to be knocked down repeatedly or to wallow in self-pity, or to feel guilt or remorse.  Realize that your conflict is necessary and can be your spiritual road to peace and joy, and a right relationship with God.                         .

Herein we will look at our mindset to have the right attitude towards conflict and suffering in our lives.  We need to learn to regard conflict and suffering as necessary for spiritual growth. “You can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

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