Don’t allow bitterness to create problems in the midst of conflict! Allow your perspective to be driven by forgiveness and hope! Allow love to overflow from your heart so that you are able to walk into every situation with the right perspective! Before you start your day, give any issues, concerns, worries up to and over to God! And take today by storm with the right perspective to complete it victoriously!
Today’s reading starts with the following message:
2I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.–from Philippians 4
Look at it through God’s eyes! Let the joy of the Lord be your strength! Don’t allow anxiety and worry to get in the way of the incredible plans God has for you! Give those things over to God to take care of for you! Give them to God and take a hold of it in prayer and thanksgiving! Allow God to be first and allow His peace which goes beyond all understanding guard your heart! And then live out today the way it should be! Do whatever is true! Do whatever is honorable! Do whatever is just! Do whatever is pure! Do whatever is lovely! Do whatever is commendable! Do it with excellence! Do it in a way worthy of praise!
Today’s reading continues with:
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
–from Colossians 3
So let’s put on God’s perspective today as we get moving today! Let’s put on a compassionate heart! Let’s put on kindness! Let’s put on humility! Let’s put on meekness! Let’s put on patience! Let’s put it on and the live it out by bearing with one another, forgiving one another, and most of all loving one another!
Today’s devotional (Conflict At Work day 4) speaks about these verses too and it goes like this…
Always Hope for the Best Outcome
In the book of Philippians, Paul asks two women, Euodia and Syntyche, to come to peace with each other. Stop nurturing resentment, he tells them, and think about what is “honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy” in the other person.
God’s spirit empowers us to love others and to hope for the best, just as we ourselves are embraced by the love and hope of God. Our natural reaction in conflict situations is often to assume the other person is hopelessly wrong—ignorant, stubborn, selfish, foolish. Why bother trying to restore our relationship—it will never work. But the love of God—for us and for them—gives us true hope that both they and we can change for the better.
It may help if we remember that many changeable factors contribute to the way people interact on any given day. The other person—or we—may have had a poor night’s sleep, a fight with a loved one, a financial setback or other life issues. We may have different ways of speaking or acting that give an incorrect impression. For example, a joke may come across the wrong way, or a word may be taken as an insult, even if it wasn’t meant that way. And we have different preferences for handling stress. Some like to have time alone to think, while others like to resolve things quickly and publicly.
The good news is that with God’s help there is hope. What seems like an intractable conflict today may become an opportunity for a deeper relationship tomorrow. Focus on the factors that may help move things forward, rather than impugning the other person’s motives. With prayer, we can ask God to help us be gentle and humble, see the good in others and let go of our anxieties.
Watch this short video that reminds us of the value of having patience with each other.
Jesus, help me to see those I am irritated with, hurt by or in conflict with, with the hope and love that you provide. May I be slow to anger. Instead of judging them, may I be a blessing to them. Amen.
–from Conflict At Work (day 4)