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Confronting Difficult People - Week 2

2017-11-26

(2 Timothy 2:23-26) --- Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

(Matthew 5:23-24) “If you’re standing before the altar in the Temple, giving an offering to God, and you suddenly remember someone has something against you, leave your offering there beside the altar. Go at once and first be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your gift to God.’”

(Matthew 18:15) “If your brother sins against you, go talk to him privately and point out the offense…if the other person listens, you have won that person back. But if they will not listen; take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

· Who do you have an issue with?

4 Strategies to Confrontation

√ Check your heart.

(1 Peter 3:9) --- Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing (no, a karate chop). That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

√ Be clear and specific about the issue.

· No Comparing.

· No Condemning.

· No Contradicting.

√ Share your emotions.

· Take responsibility for my part and offer empathy.

√ Ask questions.

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#5 Release them.

(Matthew 5:44) --- But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

Last one - #6 Live redemptively.

(Ephesians 4:32) --- Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

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