Have a “Courageous Conversation”
If we are to be successful in resolving a conflict with an offender, it is vital that we have clear, open communication. Sometimes the offense may have been a reaction to wrong attitudes and actions on our part. We must go into the conversation with a greater desire to show mercy and find truth than the desire to be right.
Each of us wants to be understood. When we don’t feel we are understood, especially by those who are close to us, it is easy for little offenses to pile up and for communication to break down. We can overcome this tendency by learning to communicate effectively with those who have offended us, as well as by providing an atmosphere in which others feel safe to share with us the concerns and hurts that they are experiencing.