How do we resolve conflict?

The Scriptures record many instances of conflict—between nations, among friends, and in families. Today we see the same types of problems. While fighting, people can say harsh words. Accusations create turmoil and emotional pain. If we attempt to avoid one conflict, we often find another: “As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him” (Amos 5:19). In this issue we examine conflict and seek biblical principles to guide us when we find ourselves at odds with other…

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3 comments to How do we resolve conflict?

  • Nathtali

    Another fine article, “How Do We Resolve Conflict?”

    How can conflict between Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses be resolved?

    What would Christ say?

    We are brothers worshiping the same God, following the same Son of God.

    The JW leadership must open their hearts to the Bible Student brothers. If they do, will the Bible Students do similarly?

    Not to meld together but at the minimum to recognize our mutual brotherhood.

    We were once one, perhaps we can today be two nations side by side in brotherly love.

    May Christ’s love and blessing be will all here.

    Naphtali

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Nathtali,

      As you know, Bible Students and JWs do have beliefs in common like the earthly kingdom (Paradise Earth) and the errors of hell, trinity and immortal soul.

      Our biggest difference is on Christian liberty and organization. However, I agree with you in recognizing each other as friends. This website “Friends of JWs” attempts to do that and open the door to honest and respectful discussion. However as you know, by being here, you and other JWs are breaking the organizational rules. Glad you have the courage to be here.

      Good communication can be very profitable.

      Ephesians 4:15 “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”

      Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

      Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

      Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

  • Defuse the situation. It is better to listen, than to speak. If the subject is about God the Father, or Jesus, they need no defending. Listen to how the other person feels. Ask why they feel that way? Be a good listener. Do not judge them. Show compassion for how they feel, and the events that make them feel that way.

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