It is best to be courteous, kind and gentle in our interactions with others, even when there is strong disagreement and even when we feel hurt by other's behavior. Disagreements often don't escalate when people act graciously toward one another. There may not be immediate resolution, but when both parties restrain from hostility, the chances of sharing ideas and listening to each other increases.
Questions for further thought:
1. Can you disagree without being disagreeable?
2. Are you able to listen to ideas opposing your own?
Challenge: Listening to viewpoints that differ from your own can be difficult, but is a necessary step in understanding and moving forward in unity. Pray for the strength and wisdom to listen with grace and humbleness as Paul suggests in Ephesians.
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