“They were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel...” Gal. 2:14
Heavenly Father, some of us are conflict allergic, others, conflict addicted, and some are conflict ambivalent. But all of us need to grow the heart and learn the art of redemptive conflict. To conflict is human; to conflict redemptively is divine. Healthy conflict is a demonstration of the riches of grace, and the reconciling power of the Gospel.
Paul confronted fellow apostle Peter in Galatia because his attitude and actions contradicted the Gospel of your grace (Gal. 2:11-21). Oh, that the “gold-standard,” heart-joy, and faith-resolution, for ourselves, would be to think, speak, and live consistent with the truth of the Gospel.
Help us do so where we live, work, and play, Father. It’s not easy, but it’s so central to the show-and-tell of the Gospel, to which you have called us.
What but the Gospel can free us, like Peter, to receive feedback non-defensively; and give feedback, like Paul, firmly and lovingly? May our love for Jesus always be bigger than our fear of people, “non-boat-rocking” relational style, and radical commitment to personal benefit.
Some of us need to humble ourselves, and seek feedback from peers, bosses, and others. Our eye-speck is always bigger than anybody’s eye-log. Some of us need to find courage to give feedback to peers, bosses, and others. Thank you for being the Father who “giveth more grace,” because we’ll “receiveth” all you give. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ name.