What does the Bible say about arguing?
Scripture tells us that we shouldn’t argue with each other especially over simple matters that are meaningless. Christians are to be loving, kind, humble, and respectful to others. The only time a Christian should argue is when defending the faith against false teachers and others.
When we do this we don’t do it out of pride to benefit ourselves, but we do it out of love to defend the truth and save lives.
We must be careful because sometimes we will get into discussions with others and we might get insulted because of our faith.
We should continue to be loving, follow the examples of Christ, remain calm, and turn the other cheek.
Christian quotes about arguments
“Arguments drag out because one is too stubborn to forgive and the other is too proud to apologize.”
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” – Wayne Dyer
“In any argument, anger never solves a problem nor wins a debate! If you are right then there is no need to get angry. If you are wrong then you don’t have the right to get angry.”
“Love is a very compelling argument.”
Scripture warns us against arguing
1. Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining and arguing.
2. 2 Timothy 2:14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
3. 2 Timothy 2:23-24 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
4. Titus 3:1-2 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
5. Proverbs 29:22 An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
6. 2 Timothy 2:16 However, avoid pointless discussions. For people will become more and more ungodly.
7. Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies, arguments about genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the Law. These things are useless and worthless.
Think before you start an argument.
8. Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
Elders must not be quarrelsome.
9. 1 Timothy 3:2-3 Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, hospitable to strangers, and teachable. He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but instead be gentle. He must not be argumentative or love money.
10. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
11. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
12. 2 Timothy 4:2 Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach.
Getting involved in the arguments of others.
13. Proverbs 26:17 Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.
Advice for those struggling with arguments in relationships, family, and more.
14. Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
15. Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
16. Romans 14:19 So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another.
17. Proverbs 19:11 A person with good sense is patient, and it is to his credit that he overlooks an offense.
Arguing with foolish people.
19. Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
20. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
21. Ephesians 4:15 Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah.
23. 1 Corinthians 3:3 That’s because you are still worldly. As long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, you are worldly and living by human standards, aren’t you?
Examples of arguing in the Bible
24. Job 13:3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.
25. Mark 9:14 When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them.
Romans 12:18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.