How can you bring God’s love into a conflict situation?
Let Go of Conflict
Spirit of Reconciliation, I give up on this conflict situation (name the person or circumstance). I ask you to bring blessing to this conflict. Give me eyes to see this person as God sees him/her. (Continue to pray, seeking the blessings that can arise from the conflict.)
Imagine Others Beyond Conflict
Think of someone with whom you are in conflict. Sit quietly and picture them in your mind.
Now imagine that person as a child – write down any images that come to mind. In your journal, pray for that child, being specific about what you wish God to do for the child.
Continue by imagining the person as a teenager, a young adult, and each time, write down the image that comes to mind and pray for the person. Go as far as you need to until you reach the present time. Pray for the person in the present time.
Positives of Resolved Conflict
What are some positive outcomes of a resolved conflict? How do they change the way you remember the conflict? Could you call these outcomes “blessings”?
Discussion with Friends and Family:
Do you think it’s possible to just let some conflicts go unresolved forever? Why or why not? What kinds of blessings might you miss if you let the conflict go unresolved?
Read: “When You Need Forgiveness”—Quiet Spaces, page 185