“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” -Proverbs 15:18
So many of us don’t really know how to have that talk. It’s a scary thing. Or every time we have those talks — they don’t go well so we try to avoid them. I really pride myself on being good at this. When something really terrible goes on, they send me in to do the hard work. I think it’s because I always approach every conversation with a listening posture rather than a speaking posture. I usually find that if I just understand why the person is angry and truly get it, they feel much better. Most people are angry because they’re not being heard, and they’re not being respected. I urge you to try to calmly and gracefully settle disputes. You may find yourself producing a stronger relationship with that person you’re angry with after.
PRAYER: Dear God, help us to deal with and then let go of our anger.
REFLECTION: What are some strategies you can use to let go of your anger?