“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
These were wise words both my sister and I heard from our father countless times growing up. This is a life principle that was birthed from Scripture. It can heal a hurting relationship, especially in the prison setting.
Jesus gave us an example of how to resolve conflicts between people. In Matthew 18:15-17 (message Bible)
“If a fellow believer hurts you go and tell him, work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend, if he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If this does not work, start from scratch.” We are always to work towards a resolution.
I have had my own personal experiences serving as the women’s chaplain, helping to resolve conflicts between women. It is a challenge to help people to resolve conflicts in a helpful and productive manner.
In Proverbs 19:11b tells us “It is His glory to overlook an offense.” That makes offense a choice. That is a life lesson. Forgiveness goes a long way.
The world needs a Savior and His name is Jesus. As the women’s chaplain, I pray His light shines through me to the ladies of CCP.
In His service,
Chaplain Lil Anthony