by Jerry Watts

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Dealing With Conflict (13 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 4:9-12

• What comes to your mind when you hear this word; Conflict. For the normal person, the very word brings about some physiological changes which correspond to apprehension and stress. Perhaps your heart races, your blood pressure raises a bit, maybe your hands begin to sweat a little, and (depending on the level of these) your skin may "flush" a little. There exist a couple of reasons why just the mention of this word possesses such a response. One reason might be because we approach conflict like we do a sporting event, with a declared winner and a devastated loser. (Our culture has attempted to take away the concept of "losing", but it is a humanistic attempt which will never take the sting out of losing.) While many other reasons exist as to why we get so stressed at the prospect of conflict, please allow me to mention only one more. Many, it appears, expect to live life without conflict. Incredibly, some seem to believe that "my life should go so smoothly that if I do right, there should never be a problem." Now, if they don't believe this, certainly the attitude with which they approach conflict says this is their belief. Because, when conflict comes along, most of the time, we want to ignore it, minimize it, or sweep it under the rug, and hope it will go away and will not grow. Know what I have discovered? Conflict, left unattended, is the most prolific and self-perpetuating of any of life's experiences. Conflict can be compared to James' teaching on the tongue. "One little spark (of the tongue) can grow into a wildfire." So it is with conflict.
• As we continue in our Romans study, we find Paul attempting to teach (particular) the Jewish believers in Rome about salvation and he was having quite a time with them about this thing of salvation. For you see, they had been taught (it was their tradition) that it was through circumcism that the Jew ...

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