When we have relationships, we have conflict. Absence of conflict doesn’t indicate healthy relationships. Knowing how to handle conflict determines if your relationships will be healthy.
Conflict either makes us feel exposed or opposed.
4 Reactions to Conflict
- The one that blames others.
There is a big difference between attacking the issue and attacking the person. Proverbs 10:19 says, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
- The one that shames themself.
When an exploder reacts, their outburst often shames themself. Proverbs 12:16 says, “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”
- The one who builds barriers.
Stuffers try to feel safe, so they stuff their conversations with lies and excuses to avoid conflict. It is difficult, but they need to communicate honestly and clearly and set boundaries. Boundaries open up a relationship for intimacy. Barriers prevent growth. Proverbs 10:18,21 says, “The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool… The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.”
- The one who collects retaliation rocks.
If you collect proof of wrong doing, that proof will eventually rot you. Proverbs 10:14 says, “The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.” Collect real knowledge not assumptions.
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