Encouraging Positive Communication: Conflict Resolution

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, giving thanks to his God.<br />


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9 (ESV)

Conflict is a part of life, whether it’s a disagreement with a coworker, a misunderstanding with a friend, or a family squabble over who ate the last piece of pie. But how we handle these conflicts can make all the difference. As believers, we are called to be peacemakers, bringing calm and resolution where there is discord.

Think about the last time you resolved a conflict peacefully. Maybe it was by listening patiently, offering a sincere apology, or simply choosing to understand the other person’s perspective. Those moments of peacemaking are powerful and reflect God’s love in action.

Matthew 5:9 tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” This verse reminds us that resolving conflict with grace and wisdom is a mark of our identity as children of God. When we strive for peace, we mirror God’s heart and bring His kingdom a little closer to earth.

In our daily lives, we encounter numerous situations where conflicts can arise. It’s easy to let frustration take over, but choosing positive communication can turn a potential clash into an opportunity for growth and understanding.

As the owner of several businesses working with people is probably the hardest part of everything I do. Setting up an event for 500+ people, no problem! Speaking on a stage in front of over 1000 people, not an issue at all (if I’m lucky I’ll even have the presentation completed a few hours before I get on stage, lol). But handling a delicate situation where a customer is upset or an employee is aggravated those situations take a really delicate touch. There are times when it’s like handling crystalized dynamite. One wrong move could cause the entire thing to blow up in your face

Being a peacemaker doesn’t mean avoiding conflict or ignoring issues. It means approaching disagreements with a spirit of reconciliation and a desire to understand and be understood. It’s about finding solutions that respect everyone involved and lead to genuine resolution.

So, next time you find yourself in a conflict, remember to pause and ask yourself: Am I being a peacemaker? How can I communicate in a way that fosters understanding and resolution? Let’s strive to be voices of calm and reason, reflecting God’s peace in all our interactions.

Stay peaceful, stay positive, and keep spreading the good vibes!


Take Action Items


  • Practice Active Listening: In a conflict, take time to truly listen to the other person’s perspective without interrupting. Show that you value their point of view.

  • Stay Calm: Keep your emotions in check. Take deep breaths and approach the situation with a calm and open mind.

  • Use “I” Statements: Express your feelings and needs without blaming or accusing. For example, say, “I feel upset when…” instead of “You always…”.

  • Seek Common Ground: Focus on areas of agreement and build from there. Finding common ground can help bridge differences and facilitate resolution.

  • Pray for Guidance: Ask God for wisdom and patience to handle conflicts with grace. Seek His guidance in finding peaceful solutions.

  • Be Willing to Compromise: Recognize that resolution often requires give and take. Be open to finding a middle ground that respects everyone’s needs.

  • Follow Up: After resolving a conflict, check in with the other person to ensure there are no lingering issues and that the resolution is holding.

  • Practice Forgiveness: Let go of grudges and offer forgiveness freely. Holding onto resentment only prolongs conflict.

  • Encourage Open Dialogue: Create an environment where honest and respectful communication is encouraged. Make it safe for others to express their thoughts and feelings.

  • Reflect on Outcomes: After a conflict is resolved, reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Use these insights to handle future conflicts even better.


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the gift of communication and the opportunity to bring peace into our relationships. We come before You today, seeking Your guidance in resolving conflicts with grace and wisdom.

Lord, help us to remember the wisdom from Matthew 5:9, that blessed are the peacemakers. Teach us to be calm and understanding in the face of conflict, to listen actively, and to respond with kindness and respect.

Fill our hearts with Your peace so that it overflows into our interactions with others. May our words and actions reflect Your love and bring harmony where there is discord. Help us to be mindful of the needs and feelings of others, striving for solutions that honor and respect everyone involved.

Grant us the strength to seek common ground, to be willing to compromise, and to forgive freely. Remind us to practice active listening, to use “I” statements, and to stay calm even in challenging situations.

Father, guide us in creating environments where open and honest communication is encouraged. Let our homes, workplaces, and communities be places where Your peace reigns and where conflicts are resolved with grace.

We ask for Your forgiveness for the times we’ve let anger or frustration take control. Help us to learn from these moments and to grow in our ability to communicate positively and resolve conflicts constructively.

Lord, we pray for a heart that seeks to understand before being understood, that values peace over winning an argument. May our efforts to be peacemakers bring glory to Your name and reflect our identity as Your children.

Thank You for Your constant presence and for guiding our words and actions. We trust in Your wisdom and love to lead us in becoming better communicators and peacemakers.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.


Dan Greer