How to Handle Conflict

Three Surefire Tips

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Conflict. We all face it at one time or another. The question is, “How do we handle it?”

Here are three surefire ways to handle conflict in a way that will promote resolution while preserving the dignity of all parties:

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1. Think before you speak. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:19).

2. Reply at low decibels. “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare” (Proverbs 15:1).

3. Seek to understand the other person. “Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage” (Philippians 2:4 The Message).

Conflict is not something to be feared. When handled properly, conflict is an opportunity for tremendous growth. 
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