July 17 Conflict

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:17

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Given the choice, most of us would choose membership in the status quo society: “Lord, things are going pretty well for me now. I’d rather not have trouble knock at my door just now.”

That is a common sentiment. We want to maintain our comfort zone. We dislike change, especially the kind that is brought on by conflict.

The moment friction enters the picture—in our relationships or in our circumstances—the peaceful, easy feeling of the status quo disintegrates. But if we view conflict as an opportunity rather than an obstacle, we make amazing discoveries.

Conflict generates alertness to the presence of both God and Satan. When trouble strikes, we realize we are in spiritual warfare. We sense the adversary at work, but more important, we are sensitized to God’s Word and His Spirit.

Conflict also generates action. No one has to tell us to open the Scriptures; no one must force us to pray. We are motivated and mobilized by the Lord to search the Scriptures and pray.

Conflict changes our attitudes. We become more grateful, more submissive, more dependent on God, more humble, and more understanding of others’ needs.

O God, help me realize the positive benefits of conflict. Make me more alert to Your presence. Mobilize me to pray and study Your Word. Change my negative attitudes.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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