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Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Solomon 2:15
The road to intimacy always passes through conflict.
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
The worst time to decide how to handle conflict is when you are in the middle of it.
Thoughts on Approaching Conflict
1. Donít follow your heartÖlead it.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
Therefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
2. Agree on rules of engagement.
19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for manís anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20
13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:13-14
3. Remember what you are fighting for.
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17,18
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