That Difficult Colleague

Let’s be honest, 99% of us don’t like conflict.

Galatians 2:11-21

Reference: When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. (Galatians 2:11 NIV)

Explore: I used to work with someone who had a very strong personality. He was very funny, and always up for a joke. But those who didn’t have the same sense of humour could often get offended by what he said.

I lost count of how many conversations I heard colleagues and managers have about this worker. Granted, there wasn’t an easy solution, but I never felt that talking behind our colleague’s back was going to solve any of the issues.

Explore: Let’s be honest, 99% of us don’t like conflict. But that doesn’t mean that we should avoid it at all cost. If we want something to change then it is up to us to do something about it.

The Apostle Paul was not backward when it came to conflict. To be honest, I think I would have struggled with his confronting communication style. But I have to give him credit, you always knew where he stood.

While I believe its important to be gracious and compassionate, I also think its important to be proactive in what we believe. Our beliefs should not be something we need to write down on paper but something that people can see just by watch our actions and listening to our words.

Prayer: Lord, I will never see eye to eye with all of your children. Help me to live in such a way that I reveal integrity and honesty in what I do and say. Amen.

What is a constructive way forward with that person you struggle with?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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