Our Sunday School class is doing a study called “Peace Maker”. It’s mainly about conflict resolution and taking the Biblical approach to solving relational issues in the home, church, and workplace. It is really great! A lot of good Truth!
A couple of weeks ago the speaker (via video) was talking about one of his conflict resolution techniques in his counseling sessions. He had the two people he was counseling go home and read Philippians 4:8. Then he instructed them to make a list of good, honorable, excellent things about the other person. He then had them share their list with each other during their next session.
He said it was like what Proverbs says about “heaping burning coals”. Thinking well about the other person made a breakthrough in their argument. It helped them remember the reasons that made them go in to business together in the first place.
So it got me thinking tangibly. I thought this was a great idea especially for husbands and wives! Then, I had another idea: to make a board where I can list good qualities about my husband or anyone I might be in conflict with, throughout the week. This helps consciously and continually think well about the other person or persons in my life.
I also thought it would be good to list “good qualities” about a difficulty situation you are going through too.
Here’s how I made mine:
Start with a cheap picture frame with a glass or plastic front. I got this one from Goodwill for a couple dollars.
You can write on the outside with a dry-erase marker and keep a running list through out the week.
I thought these would also be go for kids to have a continual list going for their siblings. Maybe place a picture behind the glass. It doubles as an encouragement tool too!
Hope this is a practical tool to bring God’s Word into your home!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-8
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