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Christian Arguing

This world does not make Christian Living easy. If we live in community, if we are married, or have family, or work closely with others, disagreements - fights - are inevitable. We are going to get mad. The good news is that the Bible says that anger is OK - with restrictions. Ephesians 4:26, 27 says to go ahead and be angry - but do not sin.

"Do not sin" can mean be many things. Let's sum it up with the two greatest commandments. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-40 If you are paying attention to those two things, you are not apt to sin but none of us can do that for very long so there is another part to the Ephesians verse. "don't let the sun go down on your anger." Don't put off confronting the problem. Take care of it right away. Don't take it with you to chew on. Don't give the devil an opportunity to work in the situation.

"Love the Lord your God" includes studying His word to find out what He has to say. The Bible gives many guidelines to help us in resolving differences.

Don't rush through this process. An argument is resolved only when both parties feel good about the result.

To study more about God's word, try:
The Book Of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15. (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

The Book of Proverbs: Chapters 15-31 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
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