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  • Focus on Reconciliation, Not Resolution

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    10-29-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Focus-On-Reconciliation-Not-Resolution

    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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    10-28-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Fix-The-Problem-Not-The-Blame

    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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    10-27-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Courageous-People-Resolve-Conflict

    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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    10-20-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Wise-People-Consider-Other-Peoples-Feelings

    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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  • 05-16-16-Awesome-Relationships-Sow-Selflessness-And-Reap-Eternal-Life
    05-16-16-Awesome-Relationships-Sow-Selflessness-And-Reap-Eternal-Life

    Selfishness destroys relationships. It is the number one cause of conflict, arguments, divorce, and even war. James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (NIV) Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness.

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  • The Five Things You Must Learn in Your Family

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    05-09-16-Awesome-Relationships-The-Five-Things-You-Must-Learn-In-Your-Family

    Awesome families encourage growth. They create an atmosphere of lifelong learning. They help each other develop. They encourage the discovery of each person’s spiritual gifts and abilities.

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