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Author Topic: How to Deal with Conflict Quickly--Purpose Driven Life Devotional  (Read 3613 times)

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« on: November 21, 2008, 04:31:36 AM »

How to Deal with Conflict Quickly
by Rick Warren

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 (NIV)

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How do you deal with conflict quickly?

Iíll tell you, but youíre not going to like it. The solution to resolving conflict is confrontation.

Thatís right; if youíre going to resolve conflict, you must confront.

You donít have to confront in anger, though. In fact, you shouldnít confront in anger. Lovingly go to the person and, speaking the truth in love, deal with the problem immediately.

In James (1:19), weíre taught three rules for confrontation: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.

If you do the first two, the third one is automatic. If youíre quick to listen and youíre slow to speak, then you will be slow to anger.

What are you listening for?

You listen for the hurt in that person. Hurting people always hurt other people. When someone is being a jerk, more than likely, itís because that person is hurting. When you understand their hurt, you have a better understanding of why they do what they do, and youíre a little more patient with them.

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