by Kim Johnson
Divorce can be a difficult time to try and communicate with a former spouse. The bible has many verses that can help us remember how to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. …
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.