Advice for hostile situations

From time to time I have the opportunity to be involved in situations that can be volatile, hostile & combative. I can’t say that I enjoy these types of situations but I am learning a few things that you might find helpful:
*Proverbs says that a soft answer turns away wrath – answering with gentle words & replies can be super helpful to turn a hostile conversation into a constructive conversation
*volume, pace & pitch are important in our verbal replies because they can increase or diffuse the hostility
*seek to understand before being understood – this always helps me to grow & learn more
*pray: seems to me that we need God more than we frequently recognize 🙂

What have you found to be helpful? Thanks for your input!!

7 thoughts on “Advice for hostile situations

  1. #1 The pregnant pause and hopefully it isn’t 9 months but it may seem that long because the next person to respond as a rule of thumb generally loses.
    #2 Get up from your position – walk around pensively while asking the Lord for direction.
    #3 If it is too heated then walk away for awhile, but determine a time to come back together 5min / 5 hours/ / or 5 days depending on the intensity of the conflict. Amarkjolewis@aol.comnd of course smilhelp a lot.

  2. Forgive yourself and others if need be. He (God) knows we are just flesh. Know that Jesus also had many hostile situations (Hebrews 12:3) yet He seemed to always be able to deal with the situations calmly, with wisdom.. He also at times had to escape there anger and hostility(John8:59). Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself “

  3. You are pretty spot on, Sarah, regarding hostile situations.
    But when will your sermon (tomorrow’s) be available for viewing, including on CTV and on DSTV’s TBN or/and DAYSTAR? I am enquiring from Ethiopia. I wish I could watch it live also.

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