When we’ve been hurt or wronged by someone, our first instinct is often to be defensive. We want to plead our case and prove we’re right to anyone who will listen. The problem is that this strategy doesn’t actually do anything to help the problem. In fact, the more we talk about it with others, the worse the conflict becomes. Jesus urges us to go against our instinct to defend ourselves to others and instead talk to the person we’re in conflict with directly. If you’re in conflict with someone, ask God to help you find the courage to speak directly to them this week.