A Spiritual Perspective on Conflict Resolution
Shimekia Nichols, Certified Mediator, August 2014
"Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways." Proverbs 4:31
When someone does you harm, it seems only natural that you should do the same to him [or her], right? Wrong! You can never get even with someone who has harmed you. Any attempt to do so put you behind the eight ball, again. Two wrongs never make a right. Nor can you right a wrong by committing another wrong. You may be able to justify your actions politically or socially but spiritually you will be held accountable for what you do-- what you do it doesn't count. The pendulum of life swings both ways and brings rewards at both ends of the spectrum. If you use your mind, time and energy to cause harm to anyone, the pendulum will sooner or later move on your direction. If your slate is clean, when it swings toward you, you won't have to worry about being knocked down.