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Summary: Why Try to Manage Conflicts? - Some conflicts are beyond our ability to resolve so learn to do what is within our area of responsibility and leave the rest of pressures to the Lord’s control

1. Why Try to Manage Conflicts? - Some conflicts are beyond our ability to resolve so learn to do what is within our area of responsibility and leave the rest of pressures to the Lord’s control. (I Pet. 5:7,8)

2. Every conflict situation has thc potential for making us bitter or better (Heb. 12:15) Good management skills in the face of conflict can give others an example for handing adversity. (James 1:2-5. )

3. Coping skills can give us healthy means of ventilating our frustrations. (Sa. 4:6-l0) Conflict management skills help us to use situation to improve, refine and gain maturity in many aspects. (Eph. 4:1 5,1 6)

4. Successful managers of conflict can lead people to greater heights in their communication, motivation and analytical skills in handling conflicts. within people and organizations. (Rom. 12: 1-21 )

The Problems of Poor Conflict Management - Failure to effectively deal with conflicts can lead to greater frustration, discouragement and resentment. (Eph 4:28-32) Inability to make thc best of every situation can hinder people and organizations from making necessary changes. (Eph. 4:1 11-15)

1. Those who lose their objectivity during conflicts are governed more by their emotions than rational thinking. (Gal. 5:19-21)

2. Anger that is not resolved in certain conflicts can spill over into one’s family, friendship or spiritual life. (Eph. 2:14,15) A perpetual state of immaturity can result in the lives of those who refuse to obey God in all aspects. (2 Tim. 3:7)

3. A lukewarm state of complacency settles in to people and organization that do not continue to grow through tough times. (Rcvd. 3:16)

4. Gossip, backbiting and slander can spread rapidly through an organization that does not effectively manage conflict. (James 4:1-4)

Different Approaches to Conflict Management -

1. Some people try to avoid conflict by all means. These passive and unassertive individuals miss out on thc opportunities of making the most of their trials. (Col.3:23,24)

2. Other people are so eager to please people that they do everything to avoid a confrontation. Accommodating individuals are willing to give whatever it takes to maintain peace and smooth relationships. This approach leads to a defeatist way of looking at problems. (2 Tim. 1:7)

3. Some people insist on getting their own way and are willing to use whatever means necessary to will any battle.

4. Dominating people are open rude, assertive to a fault, and proud. (Prov. 16:18) Other people are willing to compromise in order to save face and reduce the level of conflict. Through negotiating, these individuals are willing to take the best from both sides and reach Solutions that help people reach joint resolution. Notice how these people often compromise all essentials just to quickly see problems solved. (Gal. 5:1 )

5. Thc wisest people use collaborating skills to manage conflicts. They provide a win-win feeling of resolution in conflicts for most parties. These individuals are able to pull all parties toward the greater goals of our Lord, His Church and the great commission. (Matt. 28:18-20)

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