Wednesday, June 02, 2010

conflict resolution

Some words for myself ...

Proverbs 11.12, "Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent."

Proverbs 12.18, "There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

Proverbs 15.1, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

Proverbs 18.13, "If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame."

Mat 7.1-5 (MSG), ""Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor."

Romans 12.9-10, 15-18, "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."

Romans 14.19, "So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding."

Ephesians 4.29-32, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

2 Timothy 2.22-24, "So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,"

James 1.19, "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;"

1 Peter 3.8-9, "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing."

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