Experiencing difficult conversations are a part of all relationships. Remaining honest, free, and healthy in your interactions is crucial to your walk as a believer.
Manage your expectations
What is a difficult conversation? Understanding what you view as difficult or challenging and why is crucial to determine what you need from the people you’re connected with. Why is this conversation difficult? Is there anything I need to do with the Lord on my own? Before engaging in confrontation or conflict, prepare your heart. Set realistic expectations of what you want to share and anticipate in return. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, considering how they might receive the conversation.
Plan your difficult conversations
Invite Jesus to take part in the conversation. Ask whoever you’re engaging with for set time to discuss. Letting them know that you have prepared or are asking for intentional time to speak prepares their heart as well. Clearly define what you need to share and why. If you know their communication style, try to present it to them in a way they will best understand.
Navigate your triggers with wisdom
We are all on a journey of emotional awareness. Becoming aware of what your triggers are and how to manage them is one of the most powerful things you can do relationally. Even more, inviting God to provide insight and healing to instances when you become triggered strengthens you in Him. Allowing God into your journey will flourish all of your relationships.
Regardless of how difficult conversations go, know that there is always the opportunity to learn and grow from them. With Jesus, we are more than conquerors in all things.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.“(Proverbs 12:18)