Resolving conflict in a timely manner is essential for maintaining healthy, Christ-exalting relationships. Paul Taugue at CounselingOneAnother.com recently posted a helpful article that highlights the importance of resolving conflicts as soon as possible. Below is an excerpt from and link to the article.
The Bible is clear. Each of us is a selfish sinner, and so is every other person with whom we have a relationship. Therefore, conflict is inevitable. This never excuses our own sinful actions or attitudes, however, but God’s Word calls us to repentance and greater growth in grace. Our great God can even redeem this form of trouble by accomplishing His ongoing work of humility in our hearts—by His grace and for His glory. When responded to in humility, long-suffering, grace, and forgiveness; relational conflicts actually become the building-blocks for even stronger, more Christ-honoring relationships in a world that longs for peace. In short, how we handle conflict is a massive window into our heart’s true condition and its relationship to the gospel. Whether the offender or the offended, when we choose to delay the resolving of our conflicts with one another, we short-change ourselves—hindering our own spiritual growth and the maturity of others. For this reason, the Bible exhorts us to do everything in our power to resolve conflict ASAP.
You can read the whole article here.