Under Construction (4 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Under Construction (4 of 4)
Series: Fixer Upper - Remodeling Your Relationships
Kerry Shook
Matthew 7:3-5

The measuring tape: The unpleasable and judgmental perfectionist.
The hammer: The tactless truth teller that causes blunt force trauma.
The skill saw: The skillful cut-down artist.
The vice grip: the needy personality that squeezes the life out of you.
The grinder: The explosive personality that makes the sparks of anger fly.
The axe: The ''glass half full'' pessimist who always has an axe to grind.
The hatchet: The inward focused, past dweller who just can't bury the hatchet.
The putty person: The pliable people pleaser who has no backbone.

''Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.'' Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

GAIN THE CARPENTER'S PERSPECTIVE ON PEOPLE AND PRESSURE.

''We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.'' Romans 5:3-4 (LB)

DRILL DOWN TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF CONFLICT

''What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?'' James 4:1 (NIV)

LEVEL WITH OTHERS IN LOVE

''Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.'' Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)
PLUG INTO THE POWER SOURCE

''We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even o ...


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