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  • It Matters How You Say Something

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    When you plan to lovingly confront someone, after you’ve checked and corrected your motivation, then plan your presentation. You have to think about when you’ll say it (make sure the other person is rested), what you’ll say (introduce it well so it will be received well), and how you’ll say it.

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  • Confronting for the Right Reasons

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    As you learn how to love like Jesus, if you want to move out of grade school and into graduate school, learn to confront issues in your relationships that are keeping you from being closer. You have to learn how to face issues that scare you to death — and you have to learn how to do it in love

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  • Three Effects of a Teachable Spirit

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    When you’re learning how to be humble, you have to be willing to listen, learn, and grow and be open to suggestions and corrections from other people. You don’t know it all, and you can’t act like you know it all, either!

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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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