Posted BY: Jared Dyson

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee. — Matthew 5:23

When I was younger, I hated conflict. When I got into a situation where someone was not happy with me, I would tend to avoid them and the situation. I remember one such time when I had a conflict start with someone I knew. Something was said, and a pretty large disagreement began. I was uncomfortable.

They wanted to talk about it, and I avoided it. I didn’t want to be anywhere near the situation. Yet, I was in the middle of a conflict. So what did I do? I tried to make everyone happy on both sides of the situation. What a horrible mistake! It was not long until they figured out that I was trying to make everyone happy. I wasn’t being true to myself and honest in the situation.

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I learned a difficult lesson through that conflict. I can’t make everyone happy in this life. I can try all I want, but someone is going to be disappointed in how I handle the situation. The truth is that I was trying to avoid the conflict. I was in fear of it.

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