We are seeing more and more strife and division in our nation, communities and our families. I believe this is in part because people do not know what the Bible teaches about strife. These Bible verses about strife will help to solve that problem.
The Bible has a lot to say about how destructive strife is when it is allowed into any area of our life and the importance of putting an end to that strife. It is my prayer as you read these scriptures you will realize the importance of keeping strife away from your life.
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.
An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.
For as the churning of milk produces butter, And wringing the nose produces blood, So the forcing of wrath produces strife.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
After taking time last night to read all of the verses in the scriptures about strife, it is my prayer that everyone who reads this will stop and take a deep pause, evaluate what is going on in their lives, their communities, and their nation. I pray that good people of good intent will stand up against the glorification of strife. I pray that our nation changes direction and starts to make these things the things it focuses on.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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