Though most of us would prefer to avoid it, conflict gives us an opportunity for confession, repentance and peacemaking. It allows us the chance to demonstrate the grace we’ve been given through Christ to the people around us.
Many know John Newton as the former slave-trader, preacher and author of “Amazing Grace,” but he was also a prolific letter-writer amid the Second Great Awakening. In fact, one of his best means of shepherding was through writing letters. One writer said of him, “They found in him one who had been a worse sinner than themselves and who could enter into their experiences with tenderness and sympathy.”
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