“I disagree!” My friend uttered these words part way through our discussion. Up until then I thought we were just missing each other with our communication. I imagined it was merely a matter of semantical misunderstanding. You know the kind of conversation where it just seems like you are both talking about two sides of the same coin. That is what I thought we were doing. He however, made clear it was more than a misunderstanding of words. It was a subject we disagreed on.

We’ve all been there before. Disagreement rears its’ head and your emotional thermostat begins to rise. Your internal temperature begins to increase. It feels as if your face is getting more red by the minute and your heart is beating at an accelerated rate. It’s a rare bird of a person that actually looks for, enjoys, and feels great about disagreement or confrontation. Yet it’s something we all face. If the last few years have taught us anything it’s that we don’t know how to disagree well.

“Is there something that is true and good that I can affirm?”

Scott Redd

How to disagree seems like an art form these days. I know I have work to do in this area. But what are some principles to operate on when we have disagreements? Are there any truths we can come back to in disagreement that will make us better and more gracious at disagreeing? Dr. Scott Redd provides a few in his #WisdomWednesday video. He discusses how Christians should disagree with others?.

What tip did you pick up on? How will you implement that today or this week when you disagree with someone? Which one do you struggle with most? Why? I’d love to hear from my readers, especially if you have additional practices you’ve found helpful in disagreement. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Until Next Time…

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