Conflict is an unfortunate reality of life. We experience conflicts in three primary areas – between others, self and creation. There is no shortage of examples of conflict in the news lately: Hurricane Harvey, Charlottesville, North Korea, violence in Chicago, and the list goes on. This doesn’t even include the personal conflicts that we encounter on an everyday basis with our spouse or significant other, children, our coworkers, or the car that cut you off in traffic yesterday.
Conflicts have this way of bringing out a whole range of emotions and responses in us. Did you know that our response to conflicts expose the quality of our relationship with God? A right relationship with God, therefore, actually renews our approach to conflict in every sphere of life. Below is a sermon I preached this summer on this very topic from 1 Samuel 24.