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Dealing with Difficult People Week 1
Ephesians 4:31-32 (HCSB) 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Your Notes
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Do you make an attempt to UNDERSTAND them?
Use the UMBRELLA Method
How are you MANAGING the issue?
Your answer
John 5:30 (HCSB) 30 “I can do nothing on My own. I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me
How well are you applying this scripture? Are you trying to please God or people?
Not Applying at All
Applying Well
Are you taking a BREAK or BREATHING so that you can remain calm with difficult people?
Are you able to RESPOND with clarity and calmness in the face of conflict?
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (HCSB) 14 And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.
How well are you applying this scripture?
Not Applying at All
Applying Well
EMBRACE those with whom you disagree or have a conflict. Avoid behind-the-back criticism.
How well do you handle this principle?
Not Applying at All
Applying Well
Matthew 18:15-16 (HCSB) 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.
How well are you applying this scripture?
Not Applying at All
Applying Well
L = Listen. Be quick to listen and when listening do so carefully. Summarize and check out what is heard before responding. Be slow to judge, avoid name-calling, and threatening.
How well do you listen?
Not at All
Excellent
James 1:19 (HCSB) 19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
How well are you applying this scripture?
Not Applying at All
Applying Well
L = Learn. Examine key learnings from the conflict. Conflict, though painful, is necessary for growth and maturity.
What can I learn here? Do I need to change my behavior or offer an apology?”
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A = Accept. Conflict is a normal part of life, so accept that it will happen and most likely happen often. The people we find the most difficult are also those who offer the greatest opportunities for growth.
How well do you handle conflict?
Terrible
Perfect
Christians can measure their spiritual maturity in dealing with difficult people by this scale: • Stage One: Seeing difficult people as barriers, annoyances, persecutors, etc. • Stage Two: Tolerating difficult people. • Stage Three: Forgiving difficult people because we’re forgiven ourselves. • Stage Four: Serving difficult people out of gratitude for what God’s done for us.
What stage are you in?
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