Faith Over Fear

Faith Over Fear

Jennifer Slattery

The Courage to Have Hard Conversations - Ep. 18

September 01, 2020   ●   31 min

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Most of us are conflict-averse, often to our own detriment. Often, when we try to avoid issues, the problem grows. When we learn to hold difficult conversations, following God’s lead, we'll find decreased inner turmoil and increased inner peace.

In this episode, author and speaker Jennifer Slattery shares practical tips to help us grow more confident in our ability to resolve conflicts effectively, in a Christ-honoring manner.

Episode Resources:
1. The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande
2. Making Peace: A Guide to Overcoming Church Conflict by Jim Van Yperen
3. "7 Things You Need to Know When Talking to Difficult People" by Jennifer Slattery

Fighting Fear Group Discussion Questions:

1. How was conflict handled in your home growing up?
2. How do you most often respond to conflict?
3. Consider someone you know who handles conflict effectively. What makes their actions most effective?
4. Why is it so important to give God ample time to search and reveal our hearts prior to initiating hard conversations?
5. Why is pride harmful to our relationships and to ourselves?
6. What are some ways our faulty perceptions can negatively impact our relationships and discussions?
7. What are some behaviors, in relation to hard conversations, God might be asking you to unlearn?
8. What are some behaviors, in relation to hard conversations, might you need to learn in order to communicate more effectively?

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