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Ten Biblical Ways to Defuse an Attack

1. Keep Silent for starters - John 19:9, Prov 17:27-28, Isa 53:7

2. Think before you react - Prov 15:28, 29:20; James 1:19-20

3. Really Listen - Prov 18:2-23, 19:20, James 1:19

* Even if they are 95% wrong, look for the 5% of truth.

* You’ll find that many times it usually more than 5% truth.

4. Respond Gently - Prov 15:1, 16:21, 25:1-15

5. Agree - Matt 5:25, John 18:37

* with whatever is true (that 5%)

* in principle

* with the possibility of truth

6. Give caring feedback - John 19:11, Prov 15:1

7. Ask for more clarification - John 18:34, Matt 5:39-41

8. Avoid quarreling - Eph 4:31, Prov 17:14

9. Offer to help - Matt 5:40-41, Luke 6:27-28

10. Ask for forgiveness, If appropriate - 1 Sam 15:24-30, 25:28

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