Navigating Tough Conversations

There have been many instances in which I have had to deliver difficult news, and almost every time I lose sleep or feel sick about it. One example included having to navigate a conflict between a teacher, student, and parent. While each of the parties had valid perspectives, neither one could see the other’s side. After an intervention, a decision was made that ended the conflict but left some with hurt feelings.  

James 4:17 reminds us, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” 

Knowing what needs to be done is one thing, but having the courage to act on it is a different challenge. Often, fear of hurting feelings or guilt holds us back. However, if necessary action must be taken, we can seek God’s support for delivering the message. Asking God for peace, strength, patience, or discernment before and during the discussion is the best way to ensure your intentions are as pure as the words you are preparing to speak. This dialogue with God will foster wisdom, kindness, and love in your responses.

If you are preparing to have a difficult conversation, have you considered praying about it? 

After a challenging day marked by tough conversations, consider reflecting in a prayer journal. Acknowledge the gifts that allowed you to engage in that conversation and document the day for future reference. Journaling can become a conversation with God and a means of drawing strength from today’s challenges for future situations.

Have you recently had a tough conversation? What verses or support from Him have helped you through it? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!

P.S. If you need godly wisdom and support regarding a conflict you are facing at school, consider contacting Christian Educators. Our consultants regularly counsel our members and other educators through challenging situations.

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