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What Does The Bible Say About Drama?

In today’s world, drama seems unavoidable. We see it on TV, in movies, on social media, and even in our personal relationships. But what does the Bible have to say about all this drama?

If you’re short on time, here’s a quick answer: The Bible advises us to avoid unnecessary conflict andquarreling. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers who bring people together through compassion and grace rather than create more drama and division.

In this comprehensive article, we will explore various Bible verses that provide wisdom and guidance around dealing with drama in our lives. We’ll look at what teachings we can find in the Bible on topics like conflict resolution, grudges, forgiveness, anger management, patience, kindness, and more.

Avoiding Unnecessary Conflict

Blessed are the peacemakers

Jesus teaches us in the Beatitudes that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “ (Matthew 5:9). As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers who actively work to resolve conflicts and bring reconciliation.

This does not mean avoiding difficult conversations or enduring abuse, but it does mean handling disagreements with grace, patience, understanding, and forgiveness.

Organizations like Peacemaker Ministries provide biblically-based resources to equip Christians in reconciling broken relationships and resolving conflict. Their “Slippery Slope of Conflict” model shows how conflicts often intensify in stages if not addressed early on with wisdom and care.

Do not repay evil with evil

The Bible clearly tells us in Romans 12:17, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” As followers of Christ, we are to live at peace with everyone as much as it depends on us (Romans 12:18). This means not seeking revenge when wronged but overcoming evil with good.

A 2022 survey by the Barna Group found that only 28% of practicing Christians in the US turn the other cheek and do not retaliate when facing injustice. Clearly, most struggle to apply Jesus’ teaching on non-retaliation.

Regular prayer, Scripture study, and accountability can help us choose peaceful responses instead of reacting in anger.

Be slow to anger

The Bible warns us in Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” As sinful human beings, anger often flares up rapidly (James 1:19). But the Lord calls us to be slow to anger, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).

When conflicts arise, taking a 24-hour pause before responding can make all the difference. This gives time to process feelings, seek godly counsel, pray for wisdom, and formulate a thoughtful, charitable reply.

Slowing down guards us from reckless words that only stir up more anger and drive the conflict deeper. Let us heed the Bible’s urging to be “quick to listen, slow to speak” for peacemaking (James 1:19).

Dealing with Anger and Conflict

Manage your anger

Anger is a normal human emotion, but unchecked anger can lead to sinful words and actions. The Bible teaches us to manage our anger appropriately by being slow to become angry (James 1:19-20). When we feel anger rising up, we should pause, pray, and consider a thoughtful response instead of reacting in the heat of emotion.

Strategies like taking deep breaths, going for a walk, or waiting until the next day to continue a confrontation can help us get control of our anger. The goal is to discuss issues rationally once emotions have settled down.

As Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Be quick to listen, slow to speak

Conflict often escalates when people are quick to assert their own perspectives without considering the other person’s viewpoint. James 1:19 advises us to be “quick to listen” and “slow to speak.” Listening helps build understanding, which can diffuse defensiveness.

When confronting an issue, restating the other person’s perspective in your own words confirms that you really heard them before asserting your own needs in the discussion (Proverbs 18:13). Being slow to speak your rebuttal keeps the conversation productive instead of hostile.

As Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NIV) wisely states, “do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Seek first to understand

In any disagreement, seeking to understand the other person’s perspective is vital. According to Matthew 7:12, also called the Golden Rule, we are called to treat others as we would want to be treated. No one wants to feel attacked, judged, or disrespected during a confrontation.

The more we seek to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes, the better we can communicate in a caring and respectful manner, even when disagreeing. As Paul wrote in Philippians 2:4, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” This perspective shift opens doors to finding compromises that work for both parties.

Pursuing Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Forgive others as God forgives you

The Bible teaches us that we should forgive others just as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). When someone wrongs us, it can be difficult to let go of hurt feelings. However, harboring unforgiveness only hurts us, not the other person.

As Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).

Forgiveness allows relationships to be restored and frees us from bitterness. We can ask God to help us see the situation from the other person’s perspective so that we can have compassion. With God’s help, we can make the choice not to hold a grudge and wish the person well instead.

Settle matters quickly

The Bible advises us not to let conflict drag on, but to resolve issues promptly. Jesus said, “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court” (Matthew 5:25). Lingering conflict often escalates into worsening attitudes and behaviors over time.

When disagreements arise, taking time to communicate openly and find common ground paves the way for reconciliation. Even if the other person continues to harbor ill will, we can do our part by forgiving them and not perpetuating drama.

Offer kindness in return for conflict

Although our natural reaction may be to respond in anger when someone causes offense, Jesus advised responding with kindness instead. As he put it, “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also” (Luke 6:29). This attitude of non-retaliation can defuse tense situations.

Additionally, we can follow Jesus’ example of showing compassion even to those who opposed him. When ridiculed while dying on the cross, he prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

As God gives us strength, we can ask him to help us echo this gracious sentiment toward those who wrong us.

Cultivating Peace

Strive for peace with everyone

The Bible encourages us to actively pursue peace with others (Romans 12:18). This means making efforts to live at peace even when it is difficult. According to research from the Pew Center, about 75% of American adults consider themselves as Christians.

However, 38% of Americans admitted to being involved in heated arguments with others in the past year.

As Christians, we are called to a higher standard. When conflicts arise, we should respond with patience, kindness, and grace instead of anger or insults. Research shows that cultivating inner peace helps us remain calm and extend grace to others.

Practices like prayer, meditation, and gratitude journals can help Christians gain control over knee-jerk reactions during tense conversations.

Season your speech with grace

Our words carry power, either to build others up or tear them down. The Bible urges us to build others up with our speech (Ephesians 4:29). This means choosing words that extend grace to the listener instead of provoking more anger.

Studies show that using tactful, polite language increases trust and goodwill between people, even during disagreements. In contrast, using harsh language tends to ratchet up tensions. Practicing good listening skills can help us discern what words would be most helpful to the other person in that moment.

For example, when correcting others, we can gently explain our perspective while also validating any points where we may see their view. This graceful approach makes the other person more willing to hear us out.

Be patient in suffering

Finally, the Bible urges Christians to patiently endure suffering when it comes rather than seek revenge (Romans 12:17-19). Research shows practicing patience and letting go of grudges improves both mental and physical health.

However, this does not mean allowing real abuse or injustice to continue unchecked. Seeking legal protection or creating healthy boundaries is fully aligned with Christian values too. The emphasis is on addressing issues constructively rather than retaliation.

As 1 Peter 3:17 explains, “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” This counterintuitive response of enduring suffering with grace can be challenging.

But it is perhaps one of the most powerful testaments to how transformative the Christian faith can be when authentically lived out.

Relying on God’s Wisdom

Ask God for wisdom in difficult situations

When we face drama and conflict, it’s easy to rely on our own limited understanding. But the Bible tells us that man’s wisdom is foolishness in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 3:19). Instead, we should ask God for His perfect wisdom to guide us.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Praying for wisdom allows God to reveal solutions we could never think of ourselves.

As we seek Him, He promises to give us greater discernment to handle drama wisely and biblically.

Trust in the Lord’s plans, not your own understanding

It’s tempting to take matters into our own hands when dealing with conflict. But Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

God sees the full picture when we only see a small part. His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Surrendering control to Him requires humility and faith that His plans are truly what’s best. Even when it’s hard to see how, we can trust that He is working all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

Pray for those who wrong you

When people create drama against us, human instinct wants to fight back and seeks to “get even.” But Jesus calls us to break that cycle by responding differently – with love. In Matthew 5:44, He said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Praying for those who wrong us acknowledges that God is the true judge, not us. It allows Him to work in their hearts and ours to heal wounds and cultivate peace. As 1 Peter 3:9 advises, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing.”

Lifting our enemies before God opens the door for Him to work reconciliation and make us more like Christ.


In closing, the Bible offers much wisdom around dealing with the drama we inevitably face in life. Although drama will always exist in a fallen world, as Christians we are exhorted to be peacemakers who diffuse tense situations with patience, active listening, understanding, and grace.

Rather than perpetuate conflicts, we can choose to pursue reconciliation and forgiveness, overcoming evil with good. As we seek God in the midst of life’s dramas and trust in His perfect plans and purposes, He promises to give us supernatural wisdom and strength to handle every challenging situation with love and compassion.

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