Team Work/Conflict Resolution

Conflicts are common to all mankind. They have been around since the beginning of time when Cain became jealous of Abel and killed him in an outburst of anger (Genesis 4:3-12). Centuries later, when the United States was divided by a Civil War, President Lincoln wisely referred to the biblical admonition that “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25). In Amos 3:3 God posed the question, “How can two walk together, unless they are in agreement?” They can’t. They must be in one accord in order to effectively work together.
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It is important to remember that you and those with whom you work are on the same side regardless of what you act like, look like or feel like, even though you may have opposing views and are argumentative. At the end of the day, you are all on the same team and each of you wants to do the job you’re assigned. When our son played baseball, I helped coach his little league team. Before each game they would all gather in a circle and place their hands together one on top of the other as a show of unity. Then the coach would ask, “What are we?” They would answer, “We are a team!” He would respond, “What is a team?” And they would all shout, “A team is everyone working together as one.” That is teamwork!
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To experience true teamwork as Ephesians 4:3 instructs us, you should endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. You must find a way to function in unity and harmony with one another. How? The fruit of the Holy Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22). As you allow God’s Spirit to control you, He will create an atmosphere of peace in all that you say and do. God is not the author of confusion or conflict; He is the author of peace because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. As Christ works through you, He will be the peacemaker, bringing order and effective results in every situation.
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Another important thing to keep in mind in resolving differences is love—God’s love, which according to 1 Peter 4:8 covers a multitude of sins (faults and failures). And Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (PHILLIPS) gives a very helpful description of Love. “Love is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails. Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.”
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Love, God’s love, is the missing building block in most relationships. “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. . . And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace. . . ” (Galatians 5:14-16, 22). So let God’s love and peace operate through you and you will achieve the desired objectives while enjoying inner peace and a sense of accomplishment. God bless you in all that you say and do!
Dr. Lewis Gregory, Source Ministries International
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