I found something interesting in my study this week:

John 12:24 says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls
into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much
fruit. (NASB)

Ever felt all alone? Lately, God has been showing me the importance of conflict in life. Conflict hurts and most of the time I want to run from it. Yet, if we are willing to go through conflict, we are propelled forward – conflict causes growth. But if we refuse to engage and avoid all conflict, we will end up isolated and without deep relationships.

However, if we become like the grain of wheat in this verse – being willing to die to self, lay down our natural and immediate defenses, we can then look at those around us as struggling people who make mistakes just like us. In dying, we are no longer abiding alone.

Then, as we die to ourselves, we allow the Holy Spirit to grow His fruit in us, and we become the people we were created to be. This is the flourishing that only comes from a life of surrender. A life of surrender to the Holy Spirit becomes a life filled with love.

The question remains, what is good conflict. I’ll talk more about that later.

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