There are so many times when we will have the opportunity to not only avoid conflict but bring peace. How do we do this? By our gentleness. We avoid entering into conflict, seeking instead to understand another person and perhaps even to minister to their need in some way. When they are critical or harsh with us we follow the Scriptural counsel, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.