Biblical Answers to Resolving Conflict

Bible Summary. The Bible provides many answers to resolving conflicts in the workplace, at home, and with God. Because God is love, He cares dearly about our relationship with Him and with others. In the Bible (God’s Word) there are many answers on how to resolve conflicts in any situation. In the final analysis, most human conflict occurs because we are focused on the love of material things versus focused on the spiritual things of God. The scriptures and commentary below, provide answers on how God deals with us when we are in conflict with Him. Additionally, the scriptures and commentary below provide answers on how to resolve conflict caused by envy, love of material things, lies, deceit, and just plain evil works.

Answers to Resolving Conflict
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God’s Answer to Resolving Conflict With Mankind (Proverbs 17:11).

God brings chastisement and destruction to people that are in rebellion of Him. God is patient and loves all of mankind, but He is absolute when it comes to resolving conflict between Himself and mankind. Proverbs 17:11 tells us about God’s answer to quelling rebellion.

Proverbs 17:11, “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”

Eliminate Envy to Resolve Conflict in Loving Relationships (James 3:14).

Envy focuses on putting the object of envy above the relationship. When envy is present, the relationship is strained because envy is not focused on strengthening the relationship, but focused on the object of envy. James 3:14 tells us about eliminating envy to resolve conflicts.

James 3:14, “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.”

Focus on God’s Truth to Resolve Conflict (James 3:16).

Without a relationship with God, mankind is void of God’s truth and is like a brute beast in conflict with all that is around him. Without the spiritual things of God like truth, love and goodness, a person slips into a a vicious circle of confusion and evil works. The love of material things over God leads to envy, strife, confusion, and every evil work. Only by focusing on God’s truth can conflict be resolved between men and with God. James 3:16 tells us about using God’s truth to resolve conflict.

James 3:16, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

Honesty Prevents and Resolves Conflict (Romans 13:13).

Honesty means being honorable in principles, being upright, and being fair. Being honest is a way of life that makes no provision for evil desires that are the source of strife. Honesty is a virtue that subdues unrighteousness; honesty has a purpose to establish order out of chaos; honesty is a light that chases away the darkness of deceit and lies. Romans 13:13 tells us about using honesty to resolve conflict.

Romans 13:13, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”