"Disagreements are inevitable among believers, what do we do when confronted with disagreement?"

Words are like delicate eggs, once spoken, they cannot be taken back. Despite their delicacy, words hold significant power. As individuals, it is crucial to carefully consider our words before expressing them, particularly in moments of anger or disagreement.

Disagreements are inevitable; However, it's vital to know how to manage them. Our manner of speaking, particularly when we're enraged, dictates whether the disagreement will be resolved.
While anger may fade and disagreements may resolve, the words uttered and written remain unforgettable. These words can inflict deeper wounds than the disagreement itself.

What renders reconciliation challenging are the words exchanged during the disagreement. These words unveil one's true feelings; they expose your inner thoughts about the person you disagree with. And this is what makes reconciliation difficult.

When faced with disagreement, follow these steps:

1. Refrain from speaking when you're angry. Anger prompts saying things you wouldn't normally say, leading to spiteful remarks, derogatory language, and irrational statements.
The book of Proverbs offers wisdom on this matter: "Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything." Proverbs 13:3. (NLT)

Being born-again Christian might not prevent you from uttering inappropriate words. Yet, when you make an effort to restrain your tongue, even in moments when you have something to say, it aids in managing and suppressing your anger.
Once your anger is subdued, you may realize that there's no longer a need to speak out. What triggered your anger may no longer seem significant. You come to this realization because you've successfully tamed your tongue.

Another strategy is to remove yourself from the location of the argument or disagreement. If you don't trust the words you're about to utter, it's wise to steer clear of the scene of disagreement until you no longer feel infuriated by the discussion.

2. Exercise Restraint: Often, you may have numerous insights to share, and your observations might be spot-on. However, it's important to consider the perspectives of those you're engaging with; neglecting this might result in disagreement.

When it becomes evident that the individuals you're addressing are not attentive to your words, it's wise to heed the advice of the book of Proverbs: "Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don't bother correcting the mockers; they will hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you." Proverbs 9:7-8. (NLT)

Avoid adding unnecessary stress by attempting to prove a point. Not everyone appreciates hearing the truth. To suppress a growing disagreement, withhold your thoughts or observations. Embrace brevity and be someone who speaks sparingly.

3. Control your temper: Joyce Meyer once said, "Anger is not sin—it is what you do with it that becomes sin."
The Bible advises, "When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury, or your indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no such room or foothold for the devil; give no opportunity to him." Ephesians 4:26–27 (AMPC)

When we experience certain emotions, we have the choice not to act on them if they contradict the Word of God. It's vital to recognize the warning signs and put a stop to them before they escalate. Pray for the spirit of self-control, which is a fruit of the spirit that enables in self-regulation.
Pray for strength and grace to release hurt and disappointment.  Work on aligning every thought with obedience to Christ. See 2 Corinthians 10:5.

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