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Want to know what the Bible says about Strife In The Church? Here are 42 Bible verses about Strife In The Church from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 29:22 NIV
An angry person stirs up conflict,
    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
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2 Corinthians 12:20 NIV
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
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1 Corinthians 11:16-19 NIV
16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.
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1 Timothy 6:3-5 NIV
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
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Matthew 18:15-17 NIV
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
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Matthew 18:15 NIV
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
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Proverbs 20:3 NIV
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
    but every fool is quick to quarrel.
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Proverbs 17:14 NIV
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
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Romans 16:17 NIV
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
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Matthew 5:23-24 NIV
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
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1 John 4:1 NIV
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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Matthew 18:16 NIV
But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
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James 4:1 NIV
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
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Proverbs 28:25 NIV
The greedy stir up conflict,
    but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
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Proverbs 26:17 NIV
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
    is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
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Proverbs 10:12 NIV
Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.
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1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
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Matthew 5:9 NIV
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
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Hebrews 12:15 NIV
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
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Galatians 6:1 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
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