31 Days Toward Greater Wisdom - Proverbs 27 - Conflict

August 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

How do you respond to conflict? A friend, who is a peace-maker recently told me her boss counseled her to stop walking away when things get heated and stay in the conflict. Do you believe, that being a peace-maker means you should walk away from conflict? Proverbs 27:17 encourages healthy conflict, “As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another”. This is a reference to conflicting opinion, theology, vision, strategy, etc. 

Sharpening iron is not gentle and does not happen if one piece of iron is not available and in the blacksmith’s hand. When one piece of iron is skillfully struck against another pressure, sparks, heat and noise are created. For sharpening to occur this process has to be repeated, often. When Jesus used the term “peace-maker” in Matthew 5, he wasn’t talking about the co-dependent desire to make everything “ok” for everyone else. Peace is not the absence of chaos, it is the manifest and recognizable presence of God in the midst of conflict. Effective peace-makers stay in the conflict, because they know as long as they are in the chaos, the power of God can move through them to bring genuine and lasting peace.

When you engage with people who challenge your opinion, theology, vision and strategy, know you are in the expert blacksmith’s hands. He is sharpening and honing your character and wisdom, so you become more effective at cutting through confusion, manipulation, fear and deception. Next time you want to exit the room when the sparks fly, smile and choose to stay in the conflict so the master blacksmith can forge His peace through you. 

  1. Listen - Proverbs 1
  2. Application - Proverbs 2
  3. Trust - Proverbs 3
  4. Focus - Proverbs 4
  5. Faithful - Proverbs 5
  6. Diligence - Proverbs 6
  7. Aware - Proverbs 7
  8. Decisive - Proverbs 8
  9. Learn - Proverbs 9
  10. Contrast - Proverbs 10
  11. Righteousness - Proverbs 11
  12. Speech - Proverbs 12
  13. Longing - Proverbs 13
  14. Thoughtful - Proverbs 14
  15. Temperament - Proverbs 15
  16. Motivation - Proverbs 16
  17. Pleasant - Proverbs 17
  18. Pause - Proverbs 18
  19. Balance - Proverbs 19
  20. Legacy - Proverbs 20
  21. Plan - Proverbs 21
  22. Intentional - Proverbs 22
  23. Craving - Proverbs 23
  24. Tenacity - Proverbs 24
  25. Humility - Proverbs 25
  26. Discernment - Proverbs 26
  27. Conflict - Proverbs 27

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