On October 2-3, 2016 the Elim Arrival was given the opportunity to return to our friends at the Bridge Church in Dubuque, Iowa.
This time included a main event on Saturday night and two services on Sunday morning. Pastor Travis of The Bridge Church spoke very powerfully on a topic that I have never heard spoken on before. He talked to his congregation about “how to fight.” Often we think that fighting is considered a bad thing, but it itself is not necessarily bad--it is how we handle our fights.
He mentioned different types of fighting personalities that we see in people and there was one that stuck out to me because it was the description that I fit into. The person he was describing is the one who always tries to avoid conflict at any costs. I know when I am confronted with conflict or know that there is imminent conflict on the way, I get really shaken up.
There are other types of people as well; some of them are on the polar opposite. There are other people who always stir up conflict, and they are the ones who always have to be “right.” Unfortunately, because of this lack of discipline and maturity in knowing how to fight in a Godly manner, I have seen many people leave the church, and I have also hurt many people.
As the body of Christ we need to learn how to go about conflict in such a way that we can remain unified. People are going to be people--which means we are going to hurt each other at times. We are going to disagree on things that may never be compromised. We are going to leave scars and be scarred.
Let us grow in maturity and love for one other, rather than allowing our disputes to rip us apart. Let us remember these words from 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
We are thankful for our brothers and sisters at The Bridge Church for having us out and allowing us to do what we love and fulfill the call God has on our life. Be blessed.
-On behalf of The Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival