The Book of Acts shows how God broke down barriers to the Gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit.
One of those barriers occurs to each of us. How do you tackle difficult problems? People naturally disagree. We see problems in different ways. How do we handle the difficult issues of life?
The church in Jerusalem handled a “feeling” problem by looking to God and looking to one another (Acts 6:1-7). The hellenistic Jews “felt” that their widows were not being cared for by the church. The church came together to solve the problem.
How can we solve problems such as this?
First, listen attentively to the needs of other people. We have a tendency not to really listen. Instead of listening, we are formulating our reply or possibly we have become defensive about the situation.
The Jerusalem church listened and responded to the needs of the hellenists. Would your situation be enhanced if you really spoke your feelings and listened to the feelings of others? I am amazed at how many husbands and wives have never talked through their issues. It’s imperative that we really listen to one another.
Second, see what you can change to make the matter better. The apostles heard the need and immediately sought a way to make things different. They found a way to change the situation which seems to have worked for everyone. Maybe your issues could be dealt with in the same way.
Third, look for a “win-win” solution. Problems are solved when everyone is blessed and feels loved. If one person wins and the other loses, the problem may be made worse.
Fourth, respond magnanimously. If you are proven to be correct, be gracious. You will have made a friend and you may head off other problems. We all want to work with reasonable and kind people. Remember that a soft answer turns away wrath.
Fifth, examine your own heart to see if you can respond differently to help solve the problem.
Finally, truly take your problem to God. Explain it to Him and ask Him to impress the solution on your heart.
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