No Need for Drama
“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14
Reality television has become quite popular in our country. These shows give us an inside look at the real life drama that occurs inside the lives of people. These shows use this explosive drama to draw viewers each week. It seems as though the viewers cannot get enough of watching drama. I liken this to what we call “rubberneckers” on the highway when an accident occurs. Traffic will slow down when it does not need to because folks will almost stop so that they can see what has occurred.
As believers, God does not intend for us to live with drama being a part of our everyday lives. Hebrews 12:14 above reminds us that we are to “work at living in peace with everyone and at living a holy life.” In order to follow this command, it should become our mission to avoid drama and live free of it.
Does this mean we will never have conflict? No, we will have conflict in this life but God is calling us to deal with conflict on a much higher plane. Our conflict should not be lived out on social media or by talking to people who are a not a part of the issue. Rather, we should seek reconciliation by first asking God to give us the right spirit to deal with conflict.
Next, we should go directly to the person we are in conflict with and seek to resolve the matter in love. We should always enter into these conversations without placing blame but rather seeking reconciliation. For us to live a holy life, means that we must recognize that bringing honor to the Lord in our relationships supersedes any other issue or right we perceive ourselves to have.
I am also convinced that we need to model this for our children. We must begin to teach our kids to walk away from drama and deal with conflict in a healthy and holy way. Our children need to learn not to gossip, not to stir up trouble, and how to use their words in a way that will enable them to “live in peace with everyone.”
I recently heard Chris Brown from The Dave Ramsey Group make a powerful statement regarding this issue that can help us when conflict arises. He stated: “Conflict is inevitable: Drama is a choice.”- Chris Brown
What a powerful and wise word! I pray that God will give us all the wisdom to live the truth of Hebrews 12:14! In doing so, I know that He will be glorified!