WATER ISSUE PEACEFULLY RESOLVED                     Genesis 26:16-22

“And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (v22)

Conflict is inevitable as people relate with one another but as Christians, our response to conflict should portray us as children of the Prince of Peace. Isaac’s response to the conflict that arose between his herdsmen and the herdsmen of Gerar was exemplary. Each time, the men shove with his men over the well, Isaac moved from there to dig another well somewhere until the third time when they no longer struggled with them. Isaac’s actions portrayed him as a man of peace.

Conflict is as old and as long as we continue to associate with one another,  we will continue to associate with one another, we will continue to have conflicts. It is erroneous to think that as believers in Christ we should not have conflicts.

But it is also erroneous to feel that some conflicts are irresolvable. The Christian way is to make moves to resolve every conflict peacefully. There are several things that can cause conflict. In Isaac’s case the cause of the conflict was envy. Rather than seek revenge, he sought to make peace. Peace is an element of Christian living. By resolving conflicts peacefully, we reflect the nature of Christ who dwells in us. As believers, there are times when we will need to “turn the other cheek” and avoid retaliation. By doing this, we show that we trust God’s unending riches, Jesus says, “Happy are those who work in peace; God will call them His Children” (Matthew 5:9)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me to be an instrument of peace. (NBC)

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Make every effort to live in peace with everyone.

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