Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong…Trust in the Lord and do good…Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:1,3,5 NLT
The dread of conflict; who does not wish that it was nonexistent? There are various definitions, but the one that provides the most impact is simply “to clash.” For many of us when we think of clashing, it is a strong disagreement with another individual. However, there are two types of conflict: Internal Conflict and External Conflict. Internal conflict presents itself as a battle within the mind and thought processes. External conflict is with other individuals, ideas, or interests.
It is surprising to learn that conflict began in heaven. How could this have occurred in a spiritual place where God himself resided? Isaiah 14 provides us with an account of “The Fall of Lucifer.” The conflict began in heaven when Lucifer allowed pride to flourish and he desired to exalt himself above God. It is unfortunate that our disobedience and sinful natures are a result of one Angel’s desire to rise above God his Creator.
Even so, before we judge Lucifer, let us perform an analysis of his character. He is described as “Son of the Morning” which tells us that God had placed him in an exalted position. It is also obvious that he was a respected leader because he convinced other angels to fall along with him. Do these character traits remind us of ourselves? Although we were created in the image of God to worship Him, we have also exalted ourselves above God through acts of disobedience, stubborn willfulness, and pride (not to be confused with being proud of oneself or others).
The conflict occurred because God created the angels and human beings with freewill-the ability to serve Him because of a personal choice. As a result of love, God chose to create us with the ability to rise above the internal conflict of right vs wrong. It is this same agape love that provides us with ongoing Conflict Resolution. From Genesis to Revelation, love is an ongoing theme of the Bible. One of my favorite biblical descriptions of agape love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-2: If I speak in the languages of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of Prophecy and can fathom all Mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute Faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
God equipped us with love, the powerful emotion that keeps us connected and gives us the willingness to serve an Almighty God. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
We have the answer to resolving internal and external conflict: Love God, and commit yourself and everything you do to Him. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please remove the conflict from my mind and give me peace, so that I may serve you with the same love that you created me from. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz