Motivational speakers can make some outlandish claims. Behind the enthusiasm lies a formula, method or outline which leads to success. Books, seminars and self help videos has vaulted some to financial prosperity. Yet, there is only one who can successfully kill conflict.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded, James 4:8.
Seminaries introduce students to terms like contrition, forgiveness and grace. Beyond these theological words is one simple act, to take personal responsibility for your actions. In this day and age, “I’m sorry, its my fault or please forgive me,” are disappearing. Yet, if you take the blame, this disarms the raw emotions within conflict.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up, James 4:10.
Unfortunately, human nature does just the opposite, following in the footsteps of Adam and Eve, searching for a scapegoat. This response usually ignites conflict rather than extinguish it. If only individuals would begin to emulate the teaching of James, humility could kill conflict. Yet, for now the world is forced to dodge a minefield of pride which will require countless hours of prayer to diffuse.
by Jay Mankus