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Christine Wentzel
by Christine Wentzel
June 8, 2024

If you’ve lived long enough and squabbled often enough, you know by now that pride starts every conflict but never ends it. By nature, we thrive on pride. Nothing stirs that dark nature more than seeing someone we don’t like getting something we believe is undeserved. In friendships, we keep mental scorecards on our giving and their taking. It takes a confrontation on pride for humility to win, and that conflict ended in victory two thousand-plus years ago.  

It took an incredible act of love on God’s part to win that war. Jesus chose to blink first by laying aside his sovereignty and becoming small enough to fit into the confines of bones and flesh. He overcame every temptation the devil could throw at him. He allowed himself to be crucified by the very people he came to save. He defeated death by rising from the grave. His victory makes us free and eager to blink first in any stare down to joyfully show the character of true love.

Not budging an inch with your spouse? Blink first.

Not seeing eye to eye on a church issue? Blink first.

Haven’t talked to a friend in a long time? Blink first.

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1,2).