As It Depends On You, Part 2
- Our relationship with God
- Our relationship with People
How we handle those conflicts will reveal how much our relationships mean to us.
It is extremely difficult to resolve conflict in a healthy way, when we aren't healthy.
Every healthy church and every healthy relationship has one thing in common: HEALTHY PEOPLE.
Seven Characteristics of a Healthy Person
1. Are easy to talk to
He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words, and a man of understanding and wisdom has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper). [calm spirit]
Proverbs 17:27 [AMP]
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:6 [NLT]
2. Are secure
"I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, 'You are my servant.' For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."
Isaiah 41:9-10 [NLT]
3. Get help when they need it
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Proverbs 12:15 [NASB]
He who walks with wise men will be wise.
Proverbs 13:20 [NKJV]
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].
Proverbs 27:17 [AMP]
4. Respect themselves
Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.
Hebrews 13:18 [NLT]
No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.
Ephesians 5:29 [NLT]
5. Respect others
Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Luke 6:31 [NLT]
6. Are open
A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.
Proverbs 28:13 [TLB]
7. Are balanced
"The greatest gift you can bring to any relationship is a HEALTHY YOU.