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Unfriended: 4 Keys to Resolving Conflict Peacefully

2.  Act with humility.

‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us…Do not be conceited. – Romans 12:3-6, 16

Paul is reminding us that we are all important to each other’s lives. The moment we think we are better than another person is the moment we lose the opportunity to learn from them. Everyone has value. Everyone has unique strengths and talents. No one has failed a spiritual gifts test!

Can you see the unique ways God has crafted those around you? Do you help them maximize who they are, or do you just look to see what you can get from them?

 “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Romans 14:19

When we see others through God’s eyes, we begin to see that what we have in common is that we are all loved by God and need God.

We need to expect the best in others and avoid judging people at their worst moments.

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Dr. Eric Michael Bryant serves with Gateway Church in Austin as the team leader for Central and South Austin and as part of the teaching team. Eric previously served at Mosaic in Los Angeles and his books include Not Like Me: A Field Guide to a Influencing a Diverse World and A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. Eric coaches church planters and campus pastors, teaches on Post Christian Ministry, and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership.