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What Causes Conflict

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This Sunday, Pastor David is going to be wrapping up our short series called “A Harvest of Peace” by preaching on “The Heart of Conflict.” In this series so far, we’ve discussed the ultimate conflict that human beings have with God that leads to conflicts that we have with one another. We’ve looked at how to confront one another biblically and lovingly. This week, we’re going to take a look at what causes conflict and what we can do about it.

            In this post, I’d like to highlight a point that Pastor David will be touching on this week, and that’s the truth that conflict is a humility issue. One of the main reasons that we have conflict with others is that we are only focused on our own desires and interests without considering others. We have conflict with one another because we fail to obey the admonition of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3-8. Let’s take a look at those verses.

 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interest but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

 Selfish ambition is at the root of so many conflicts. Rather than following the example of our Savior and “taking on the form of a servant,” we are so quick to put our interests above those of others. We want to be right. We want to be first. We want our way or the highway.

 But in contrast to this, we see Jesus, who is God in the flesh, emptying Himself and being humbled by becoming obedient to the point of death. Can you imagine a greater display of humility than this? The eternal God became a man not to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). He served us by dying a “death on the cross” to “pay the ransom for many.”

 So when we’re tempted to assert our interests above those of our brothers and sisters in Christ, remember that Jesus is the one who truly deserved to put His interests above ours, yet He chose the cross. Let us take up our crosses daily and follow after Him, and choose to walk in the humility that severs the root of conflict.

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