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We are prone to chaos in our relationships with one another.
The thing about relational conflict is that is has the power to make very other problem seem insignificant in comparison.
When we get embroiled in conflict, we have a tendency to cut off our nose to spite our face.
Ways to minimize conflicts in our relationships with others.
1. Seek to Speak the Empowering Truth.
- They think that speaking the truth is getting in someone’s face and telling them what they are doing wrong.
- I am sick of you.
- Make it your objective to never speak words that someone has to “get over”.
- Speak the truth in a wholesome, uplifting and edifing way.
2. Deal With Your Anger Before It Takes Over Your Life.
- Your anger is a warning signal that something needs to be dealt with.
- When you’re mad at someone, you’ve got to deal with it.
- “I refuse to make a big deal out of something that isn’t a big deal. I’m going to let this go.”
3. Be the Giver, Not the Taker.
- What is the least I can do and still draw a paycheck?
- What’s the most I can expect for the least effort?
- There are times when you have to give 100%.
- “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV
- I’m a Giver, not a Taker
4. Make Kindness and Compassion the Key Words of the Day — Everyday
- Kindness spoken here.
- Vs 32 ...forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
- I will be kind and compassionate to everyone I meet.
- Vs 30 And do not grief the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- “Staring Right Now”
- “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NIV