Ten Practical Insights for Handling Any Issues You Face in Life
by Marvin R. Knight
- First, embrace the apostolic perspective of all true conflict (Ephesians 6:10-20).
- Second, understand that the experience of sanctification is one of conflict (Galatians 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 9:23-27).
- Third, stay mindful of the true sources of relational and spiritual conflict (James 4:1-5).
- Fourth, forearm or preprogram your mind with the expectation of suffering for Christ’s sake (1 Peter 4:13-17).Augustine said, “God had one Son without sin but not without suffering.” What are we to do?
- Consider the example of Christ.
- Consider the greatness of our example.
- Consider the continuance of His suffering.
- Consider the cause of His suffering.
- Fifth, recognize some ways that people avoid dealing with issues and their remedies.
- Blame-shifting—Facing the issue at hand
- Anger or yelling—Soft answer and courtesy
- Bringing up the past—Stay with the present issue
- Sixth, forget about yourself and your intentions and seek the highest good of the person you are dealing with (Galatians 5:13).
- Seventh, procrastination with addressing issues is a symptom of fear and shows a lack of love and discipline.
- Eighth, don’t be fooled by behavior that has stopped, look for new patterns to be formed (Romans 12:1-2).
- Ninth, believe in the life-giving power of the Holy Scriptures and teach them with patience and practicality (2 Timothy 3:15ff).
- Finally, if the person is saved, trust in the promise of God to complete the work He began (Philippians 1:6). If he is not saved, trust is the power of God to covert the soul (Romans 1:16).