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personal weaknesses and prompt better listening skills, a softer response to verbal attacks, and a desire to grow as a friend . Cronkite extols the benefit of conflict by stating, "All individual growth can be linked to the facing and managing of conflict." If this is true, then growth is not possible without recognizing and managing those elements in our life that bring us conflict. James told his readers to count it all joy when they faced difficult situations, for those situations would teach them to rely on God. Paul states clearly that the goal of all of life is to demonstrate God to a world needing His love. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God-even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good ofmany, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as Ifollow the example of Christ. (1Corinthians10:31-11:1) Interpersonal conflict is often a painful reality for the Christian. To overcome the discouragement it brings, we need to address it and respond to it biblically. If we learn to manage our interpersonal conflicts, the situation may become God's tool for spiritual growth. Dr. David Robey, associate professor of communication arts at Cedarville College, also directs the forensics program and the Village Players at the College. He is an experienced actor, speaker, and communications consultant. 12 Torch