A Kabaleyan’s Thoughts…
By S. Bill Jimenez
HUMAN NATURE is flawed and imperfect. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:13). “Sapagkat tayo’y tao lamang,” rationalizes the Filipino. It seems our flaws and imperfections create misunderstandings and conflicts.
Are conflicts really inevitable? Eric Hoffer postulated: “The beginning of thought is in disagreement–not only with others but also with ourselves.”
Since conflicts are of varying causes, one effective formula may not apply to all. We know various methods of conflict resolution, but let’s look at some biblical solutions. The Lord Jesus prescribes early settlement of conflicts. If possible, conflicts should not be exacerbated. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God… Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court” (Matthew 5:9, 25).
Conflicts, though inevitable, can be resolved. Diplomacy, tact and prudence are tools used to help in attaining an early resolution, amicable settlement or fraternal solution.
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