Thursday, January 21, 2010

Supported in Conflict

You need more than just comfort to get through conflict with parents or friends. You also need the support of others. What's the difference between comfort and support? People supply comfort when they share your sorrow emotionally. People supply support by helping you in practical, useful ways. You need the help of people who are committed to obeying Galatians 6:2: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." It is one thing to have someone there to share your pain and sorrow in a conflict. It is something else to have one or more persons step in and help you resolve the conflict.

You may be tempted to ignore or to refuse the support offered by others. You may feel that you can handle it yourself, or you may not want to bother other people with your problems. Resist that temptation. Let other people help you, and be grateful for their help. It is one of the ways God is providing for you at this time.

What if you need practical help and nobody offers it? Ask for it. There is nothing wrong with telling a trusted friend, youth leader, or minister about your need and asking for help. In most cases, people are more than willing to help out. Usually, they just don't know what needs to be done. Feel free to help people support you at this time by letting them know what you need.

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