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  • When You’re Angry, Slow Down and THINK

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    We save ourselves a lot of pain and heartache if we follow one simple rule: Slow down when we’re angry or hurt. The Bible says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19b NIV).

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  • How to Be a Peacemaker (Part 1)

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    Our natural tendency is to hate our enemies or at least to avoid them at all cost. But if you run from conflict, you’re going to be miserable most of your life. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us to be peacemakers — not peacekeepers. There’s a huge difference. Peacekeepers avoid conflict and pretend it doesn’t exist. But peacemakers resolve conflict and reconcile relationships.

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  • Take the High Ground for a Clear Perspective

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    We all have EGRs (people with Extra Grace Required) in our lives. They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us. But they also help us grow. God calls us to demonstrate mercy to all people — even those who cause us the most trouble.

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  • Let Go, and Know God Is in Control

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    Every day, you have to decide who’s going to be in control of your life — you or God. That choice is a battle. There are things in your life that you want to control. You want to make your own rules. But stress relief always starts with letting God be God. It always starts with saying, “God, I’m giving up control, because you can control the things that are out of control in my life.”

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  • Focus on Reconciliation, Not Resolution

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    When you have conflict in your life, focus on reconciliation, not resolution. There’s a big difference in those two words. Reconciliation means re-establishing the relationship. Resolution means resolving every issue.

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  • Fix the Problem, Not the Blame

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    You only have a certain amount of emotional energy. In a conversation where you’re trying to resolve conflict, you can either use that energy to fix the blame or you can use that energy to fix the problem. You don’t have enough energy to do both. So you’ve got to ask yourself what’s more important, to blame the other person or to resolve the conflict.

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  • Courageous People Resolve Conflict

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    Why does God want us to live at peace with everyone? Because unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life. First, it blocks your fellowship with God. When you’re out of whack with others, you can’t be in harmony with God. When you’re distracted, when you’re in conflict with other people, you cannot have a clear connection with God. The Bible says, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar” (1 John 4:20a NLT, second edition).

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  • Before You Retaliate, Calculate the Cost

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    If you calculate the cost of anger, you’re less likely to get angry when somebody’s pushing your buttons.

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  • Wise People Consider Other People’s Feelings

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    Two of the biggest mistakes we make in relationships are when we react to what people say and not how they feel and when we invalidate someone else’s feelings because we don’t feel that way ourselves.

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  • Three Sure Ways to Create Conflict

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    Wise people are peacemakers, not troublemakers. Wise people don’t carry a chip on their shoulder. They’re not always looking for a fight, and they don’t intentionally antagonize other people.

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