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  • We Don’t Need to Fight Critics

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    Negative people will distract you. You know God has given you an important assignment. But these naysayers tell you that you’re the wrong person. You’ve got the wrong idea. You’re doing it the wrong way.

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  • Stay Out of the Mud

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    Retaliation never works with EGRs (Extra Grace Required people). It tends to escalate whatever problem you’re encountering. Over the last few devotionals I’ve shared with you the first four steps in dealing with people who frustrate, annoy, and hassle you:

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  • Look Behind the Behavior of Those Who Frustrate You

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    We all have people in our lives that drive us nuts. I call them EGRs, which stands for Extra Grace Required. But have you ever thought that God puts them in your life to be heavenly sandpaper. They may irritate us, but God uses them to take off our rough edges and shape our character.

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  • The Cross Says ‘Let It Go’

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    Forgiveness is free. But it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus Christ his life. And it’s also not easy. Forgiveness can only occur when the offended person volunteers to assume the debt and not to get even or seek revenge. That’s what Jesus did for us. That’s what he calls us to do for others.

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  • Why You Can’t Forgive Someone Too Much

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    We all have sources of irritation in our lives — people who repeatedly hurt us or mistreat us. The last thing we want to do is forgive them.

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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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