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Dealing with Conflict and Quarrels

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Where there are two human beings, there is the potential for fighting. Part of the human condition is that people do quarrel. And some of the bitterest fights are between people who are closest -- husband and wife, parent and child, siblings, longtime friends, ... even fellow Christians.

The Bible has a lot to say about the sources of conflicts and how to squelch them.

Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all offenses.

Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully invites disaster.

Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.

He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and practice evil deeds.

You are still controlled by your own sinful desires. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn't that prove you are controlled by your own desires? You are acting like people who don't belong to the Lord.

The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J. Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.

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About The Author

J. Stephen

J. Stephen Lang is the author of more than ten books about the Bible, including the bestselling The Complete Book of Bible Trivia, 1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible but Never Thought to Ask, The Bible on the Big Screen, Everyday Biblical Literacy, and The Complete Book of Bible Promises. Lang is a regular contributor to Today's Christian, Discipleship Journal, Christian History and other periodicals. He lives in Seminole, Florida.