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How to Work Through Disagreements in a Loving Way

Disagreements are inevitable. However, how you choose to handle a disagreement is extremely important. Here are some tips on how you can resolve disagreements without being hurtful to others:

  • Whenever possible, use “I” statements instead of “you” statements to express how you feel. If you frequently use “you” statements during a disagreement, the other person might become defensive. Proverbs 18:19 says that “An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city.” If a person is offended, it’ll be much harder to get him/her to understand your perspective. So, instead of saying: “You hurt my feelings when you went out with Sara instead of me yesterday,” you might want to say something like: “I was disappointed that we didn’t get a chance to hang out yesterday.”
  • Avoid ‘low blows’! Don’t use another person’s weaknesses against him/her when having a disagreement. The Bible is clear that we’re supposed to speak edifying words. Having a discussion to resolve concerns and issues is healthy. However, your words should never be used as weapons to hurt other people.
  • Watch your tone and volume. Disagreements can easily become full blown arguments if you don’t watch the tone and volume of your voice. Screaming matches are not only exhausting but they’re ineffective! When two people are screaming at each other, they’re no longer listening to one another. In this state, absolutely nothing gets accomplished. Remember to show self-discipline by controlling the way that you speak to the other person.
  • Establish the purpose of the discussion beforehand. Go into the discussion knowing exactly what it is that you want to accomplish. This is NOT the time to bring up old issues unless that’s the purpose of the current discussion. Stay focused on the issue(s) at hand so that you can come up with a resolution that is acceptable for both of you.
  • Physical altercations are NEVER okay! It doesn’t matter how angry you get during a conversation, it’s absolutely never okay to touch another person! If you’re that angry, then the discussion should be discontinued and resumed again when you’re better able to control your emotions. In fact, it might be helpful to ask an adult to mediate the next discussion so that everyone remains safe.
  • Most importantly, be sure to PRAY before and after the discussion. Ask God to give you the words to say to the other person and be sure to allow yourself to be guided by The Holy Spirit. Satan lurks around constantly, waiting to find a way to create chaos. God is love, so if your words or actions don’t demonstrate love and respect for the other person, then it’s probably the enemy trying to bring about destruction. Remember — it’s possible to disagree in a loving manner. Also, remember to pray AFTER the discussion to thank God for His presence and to ask God to help you to move past that situation

Check back soon for my series on how to handle your emotions when interacting with other people!

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13 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Le4NaLuvsD1sNey on June 19, 2017 at 10:44

    I struggle with anger, but when someone is actually being mean to me, I just ignore it and probably repay with kindness if it persists. Also whenever I get angry, I try to hold my tongue and go to a place where there’s no one present.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Leah on September 13, 2012 at 11:14

    This is really good advice!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by bekahhgee on July 20, 2012 at 14:15

    I need to read and meditate on these things daily! I struggle with anger, and I want to get this stuff under control. LOVE THIS

  4. SunshineGirl

    Posted by SunshineGirl on June 26, 2012 at 16:01

    Whenever I try to tell my mom how I feel, she gets mad and says that everything is not about me. I’m a really bad communicator, and saying how I feel is the best way I can communicate. I’ve tried to tell her this, but the just talks about how I don’t need to go to the wounded and tell them how you feel. This kinda hurt me because she’s wounded me with her words in the past, and she doesn’t even see how I’m really hurting too. I need some help. This morning she gave me a lesson on how to apologize.

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 28, 2012 at 21:36

    Words of Wisdom!

  6. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on May 28, 2012 at 21:05

    Thanks for that incredible article! It was extremely helpful! Hope your Memorial Day weekend was blessed, Aysha and PI girls! 🙂

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by on May 28, 2012 at 19:28

    My parents have screaming matches over the dumbest things, like my mom accidentally leaving the computer monitor on all night. My dad gets mad at me for not replacing the toilet paper roll, literally. Our family has screaming matches almost every day over like I said, the dumbest things! And it’s really tiring me out, because speaking kindly never seems to solve the matter, it only makes it worse.

  8. Posted by on July 11, 2011 at 16:22

    I’m having some really bad family issues but I feel like I cannot discus them with anyone for fear that things may get out of hand..please help? Thank you.

  9. Posted by on July 7, 2011 at 01:47

    You are extremely wise! I don’t have a boyfriend but I’m going to apply this method to my siblings.

  10. Posted by on July 6, 2011 at 19:19

    Wow! There were some things in there that I had never thought about before, even though my parents are divorced it happened before I could remember! But even with split parents I never really witnessed a fight (thankfully)!! (unless u count preschool drama of who took my crayon) I was at a friends one time and her mom and older sisters would have screaming matches!! I didn’t know how to handle it or what to do. Now i know how to control myself in a godly manner next time God puts me in a situation like that 🙂