“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
(Philippians 2:4 NLT)

No one appreciates conflict with others but God is sovereign and in control even in times of interpersonal conflict. The Lord can permit interpersonal conflict for His greater purpose. For this reason both offended parties should embrace interpersonal conflict as an opportunity for change. Change is beneficial if it moves us in the right direction to promote spiritual growth. God is love and so He created humans for fellowship as members of His family. Our sin has ruined this relationship setting the scene for conflict with God since He is holy and without sin. Our ultimate model for conflict resolution is the Lord Jesus. Though He was God, He gave up His divine privileges to take the humble position of a slave being born as a human being. Jesus died a criminal’s death on a cross for our sins so that our conflict with God would be resolved. Resolving interpersonal conflict requires us to make a humble sacrifice in the interest of others.

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