Conflict: a difference that prevents agreement: disagreement between ideas, feelings, etc.
Anyone ever experience conflict in your marriage?
No. Liar. Liar. Pants on fire! Conflict is inevitable.
The root of almost all serious marital discord is selfishness on the part of one or both parties. Resolving it means rejecting selfishness, giving up pride, forgiving hurt and setting aside bitterness.
Lately….it feels like I have been receiving devotional after devotional about conflict resolution. I started to feel like we needed to talk about this more. I am an expert at starting conflict….and less of an expert on resolving it. So I am going to simply share over the next week or so some of the material that I have been reading. To start….I wanted to share these quotes with you.
“Be quick to resolve conflicts before they mature to become wars. The energetic crocodile was once a delicate egg!” -Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes
“Sometimes, God doesn’t send you into a battle to win it; he sends you to end it.” -Shannon L. Alder
“Conflict can and should be handled constructively; when it is, relationships benefit. Conflict avoidance is *not* the hallmark of a good relationship. On the contrary, it is a symptom of serious problems and of poor communication.” -Harriet B. Braiker, Who’s Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life
“The fate of a marriage depends on each partner’s ability to love, to care, to feel attachment, develop intimacy, express emotion and to commit to resolving marriage conflict without conquest” -Unknown