Conflict Management

It seems to me that we all have various conflicts & hot spots that we have to manage – such hot spots could include: stressful conversations with co-workers / classmates, conflict with our mates, harsh words between friends, scratchy people, etc. Regardless of having hotspots, which seem to be inevitable, here are some ideas for constructive words that might come in handy:

*a soft answer turns away wrath (Prov 15:1): you are a really gifted person with (name a talent they have)

*words seasoned with grace (Col 4:6): I believe that you were trying your best in this situation (give the benefit of the doubt)

*be quick to listen (James 1:19): Please help me understand what you’re concerned about (seek to understand the other person’s point of view)

*be encouraging (1 Thess 5:11): I really want to encourage you that I see you’re trying hard in this situation; I want to encourage you that I see talents, gifts and potential in you that you may not see

*pursue peace (Rom 14:19): Here’s the common ground that we can agree on (describe something about which you agree)

 

What are some suggestions you’d give us that could also be helpful?

A rock and a hard place

Ever have those seasons where your back is against the wall & there seems to be no way out? I think Moses felt that way when Pharoah was chasing the Israelites & they were facing the Red Sea. Occasionally, I feel this way as well and sometimes when I’m in these predicaments, it’s easy to get discouraged. But here are a few things that have been helpful to me:
*keep my eyes on Jesus & off of what seems impossible (Ps 25:15)
*pray gratitude prayers, thanking God for Their amazing presence, power & solutions
*do the immediate thing that is the next step – sometimes we get overwhelmed w big things, but taking 1 step can be easier to do
*manage the people inputs in your life – faith, encouragement & confidence are essential ingredients to combat doubt & fear

Do you some ideas that have been helpful to you in seemingly grim situations? Please feel free to comment 🙂