Scriptures on Overcoming Strife and Offense

Genesis 4:7
If you do well, will it not be lifted up? If you don’t do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it.”


Psalm 119:165
Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble [or be offended].


Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all wrongs.


Proverbs 15:18
A wrathful man stirs up contention, But one who is slow to anger appeases strife.


Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.


Proverbs 29:22
An angry man stirs up strife, And a wrathful man abounds in sin.


Proverbs 28:25
One who is greedy stirs up strife; But one who trusts in The LORD will prosper.


Proverbs 17:1
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.


Proverbs 17:9
He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates best friends.


Proverbs 17:19
He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.


Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.


Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. It is his glory to overlook an offense.


Proverbs 20:3
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarreling.


Mark 3:25
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.


Mark 4:16, 17
These in like manner are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble.


Luke 6:45
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings out that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings out that which is evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.


Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision amounts to anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through love.


Galatians 5:15
But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another.


Galatians 5:16
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.


Galatians 5:26
Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.


Romans 12:17, 18
Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men.


Romans 16:17
Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them.


Ephesians 4:26, 27
“Be angry, and don’t sin.” Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil.


Ephesians 4:31, 32
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.


Ephesians 6:12
For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.


Phil 1:9, 10
This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ


Philippians 2:14, 15
Do all things without murmurings and disputes, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,


Colossians 3:13
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.


1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.


2 Timothy 1:7
For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.


2 Timothy 2:23-26
But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife. The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient, in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth, and they may recover themselves out of the devil’s snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.

Titus 3:9
…but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.


James 3:16
For where jealousy and selfish ambition [or strife] are, there is confusion and every evil deed.


James 3:17, 18
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.


James 4:1, 2
Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don’t they come from your pleasures that war in your members? You lust, and don’t have. You kill, covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask.


James 4:7
Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


James 4:11
Don’t speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.


James 5: 9
Don’t grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won’t be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door.


1 Peter 1:13-16
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ – as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”


1 Peter 4:8
And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.


1 John 1:5-7
This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.


1 John 2:9-11
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now. He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.


Amos 3:3
Do two walk together, Unless they have agreed?


Romans 12:16
Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits.


Romans 14:19
So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up.


Romans 15:5, 6
Now the God of patience and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.


2 Corinthians 12:9
He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.


2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Be perfected, be comforted, be of the same mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.


Ephesians 4:1-3
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love; being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Philippians 1:27
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel;


Philippians 2:2-4
make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.


1 Peter 3:8, 9
Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but instead blessing; knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing.