Conflict Between Eve And The Serpent

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Put two people in a room long enough and there will be conflict—it is inevitable. The only way to rid the world of conflict would be to rid the world of people. And this is not an option. In addition, conflict seems to be woven into the very fabric of the world. Animals seem to be in conflict with one another and even the climate seems to be in conflict with itself. Moreover, one might even say that God allowed conflict before sin even entered the world. God told Adam to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” The idea of “subdue” and “have dominion” speaks to a subtle conflict in the…show more content…
His point is great relationships require conflict, yet relationship must be more important than the winning the conflict. Paul said the key to this is “thinking of others better than yourself.” Also, Victor Lipman wrote in Forbes magazine, “Don’t’ think in terms of “winning,” so much as constructively resolving. No point winning the battle but losing the war.” The leaders ability to manage conflict with a proper goal in place will create a healthy place for people to work, go to church and fulfill God’s mission. Next, a leader must seek to understand in order to manage conflict within an organization. A leader can do this by asking questions, rather than stating opinions or facts. Furthermore, questions open up dialog rather than squelch productive conversations. Also, questions will help a leader understand the upside and opposite side of the conflict. Andy Stanley states, leaders must “continually give value to both sides…once we’ve identified what these tensions are, we must get in the habit, regardless of what our opinion is and regardless of where we tend to weigh in, we’ve got to learn to give value or speak value into both sides.” His point is well taken in the fact, leaders have a powerful sway within the organization, yet need to take the time to understand the full extent of the conflict so the best possible solution is found. A final way a leader can manage conflict is by keeping it clean. For example, as
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