Week beginning: 22nd June, 2014
By James Brightwell | London
"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offence."Proverbs 19:11 (ESV)
Responding to conflict
A lawyer's path does not always run smoothly. Many things can and will go wrong in the course of practice, and professional relationships, whether with colleagues, opponents, judges or clients (or, of course, former clients). We will often be tested when they do. Such difficulties can easily cause offence to be taken or anger to be expressed. Not only is such a reaction itself a burden, especially when we feel personally and unfairly criticised, but it is not the Godly response.
Our heavenly Father is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Ex 34:6). The challenge for us is to model our busy lives to reflect the love God has for us in how we deal with others. This is ultimately part and parcel of the call to love our neighbours as ourselves.
1) Give thanks for the relationships, both personal and professional, which sustain us in our professional life and pray for grace and wisdom in responding to situations of conflict.
2) Pray for an awareness of God's purpose in our work and that we may be conscious that we are doing that work for His purposes.