If you are not careful, the whole ministry of a church can be hijacked by the sideways energy that contentious people create in the church. It is Satan’s greatest ploy and delight to create such diversions, for the church carries the hope of the world. So, how do we respond to such conflict?
Years ago my dear pastor friend, Harry Li, said something profound to me. He was asking for prayer that his life would not slip away from living in the fullness of Christ. "I have come to understand," he said, "the discipline needed to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit." I instantly resonated with that statement and it plowed through my mind for many days.