Wisdom in Conflict Management Styles: Accommodate when Wrong (Proverbs 6:1-5)

Are you caught in a conflict that would dissolve if you would merely accommodate another person’s interest? Solomon offered four scenarios when it is wise to accommodate.

First, we must accommodate another’s interest when we are wrong. Proverbs says that if we have been trapped by a foolish decision, then we should go, humble ourselves, accommodate the other person involved, and be free (Proverbs 6:1-5).

It is foolish to conceal our sin; it is wise to confess it: “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

A wise person finds goodwill in accommodating another, but only a fool mocks at accommodation: “Fools mock at making amends for sin, but good will is found among the upright” (Proverbs 14:9). If we have played the fool and exalted ourselves over another person, or if we have planned evil, we need to accommodate (Proverbs 30:32-33).

Examine your heart and behavior. Are you wrong and attempting to defend that wrong? If so, simply ask the person with whom you are in conflict, “What can I do to accommodate you?”

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