“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Psalm 141:3
During February, Tuesday Together will focus on an important part of Conflict Transformation training called: active listening beginning with our family structures. The devotionals will be centered around testimonies of applying active listening within family life.
Active listening: “People are sometimes verbally aggressive because they grow increasingly frustrated that they’re not being heard. Active listening lowers the tension because at last they feel heard. Do not use active listening to try to debate, argue, correct, or defend yourself. Use it to hear the other person. And offer an apology if that seems appropriate. Apologies empower both sides. The goal of using active listening in conflict is to lower the tension.” (Lifesprings Conflict Transformation Manual)
The women who attended our Lifesprings School of Ministry facilitator training were given the experience of active listening and other techniques for handling conflict in a God honoring way to prepare them for incorporating Conflict Transformation into all aspects of the schools they will lead.
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