Dialoguing with Someone You Disagree With

In any dialogue, whether in person or long-distance, it’s critical to remember this: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1).

This proverb becomes hard to practice when people disagree with you, especially if they assign wrong motives to you or unfairly criticize your position. Yet, a refusal to downward spiral into screaming rantings always pays off, even if you have to walk away from a conversation in the end. A few other guidelines can make disagreeing tolerable as well.