BATTLEFIELD: Crossfire

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You can’t control conflict, but you can control yourself

Have you ever seen one of those live news reports where a journalist is broadcasting in the middle of a combat zone? Like when they’re reporting from a rooftop in a country that is in the middle of war. It’s crazy! Blasts and explosions light up the sky all around them as they duck to avoid gunfire.

If you’ve ever seen one of those reports, you know the conflict, literally, swirls around them. Has conflict ever felt like this for you? Like you’re right in the middle of a battle you can’t control?

When conflict happens around us, even if it has nothing to do with us, it affects us. In fact, fighting around us can often be more stressful than fights we’re directly involved in because we don’t have control over it. We can’t fix it. We can’t run from it. We can’t really do anything about it because it has nothing to do with us. But it still hurts us.

The good news for us is that conflict of this kind is not new to Jesus. In fact, before He left the Earth physically, He spoke to His disciples about peace in the middle of conflict. And, as we’ll come to understand, that same peace is available to us today, too.

See you Wednesday night. We need to hear this, especially if you are in the crossfire.