“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil…” 2 Timothy 2:23-24
Resist the urge to quarrel. We are called to be peacemakers, not people who seek out arguments. We see an example of this in Genesis 13 when Abram moves to stop conflict instead of letting it continue. When quarreling broke out between his sheep herders and his nephew’s, his response was that of a peacemaker. He valued his relationship with his family over any wrongs he may have felt.
Let’s be people who make peace and avoid fighting too. We will face disagreements, often with the people closest to us, and that’s okay. But let’s choose today to not escalate conflict and value our relationships over our frustrations or need to be right.
Jesus, I want to be a peacemaker. I don’t want to be someone who fights to fight or damages my relationships. Help me navigate conflict well. Help me to know when I need to walk away. Lead me and give me peace, especially in the moments where I feel heated. Give me kindness and patience today. Amen.