25+ Important Bible Verses About Bad Behavior

25+ Important Bible Verses About Bad Behavior

Psalm 34:14 – Turn from Evil and Do Good

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Proverbs 10:11 – The Words of the Wicked Lead to Violence

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”

Proverbs 15:1 – A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 16:29 – The Wicked Entice Others to Sin

“The violent entice their neighbors and lead them down a path that is not good.”

Proverbs 20:22 – Do Not Seek Revenge

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.”

Proverbs 22:24-25 – Do Not Associate with Angry People

“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Do Not Be Quickly Angered

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Matthew 5:22 – Anger Leads to Judgment

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”

Matthew 5:39 – Do Not Resist an Evil Person

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

Matthew 18:15 – Address Wrongful Behavior

“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.”

Matthew 26:41 – Watch and Pray to Avoid Temptation

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Mark 7:21-23 – Evil Comes from Within

“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Luke 6:31 – Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Luke 6:37 – Forgive Others and You Will Be Forgiven

“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

John 14:15 – Keep God’s Commandments

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

Romans 12:17 – Do Not Repay Evil for Evil

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”

Romans 12:21 – Overcome Evil with Good

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Ephesians 4:31 – Get Rid of all Bitterness, Rage, and Anger

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Ephesians 5:4 – Avoid Obscene, Foolish Talk

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Ephesians 5:11 – Have No Fellowship with the Fruitless Deeds of Darkness

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Philippians 2:14 – Do Everything Without Complaining or Arguing

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

Colossians 3:8 – Rid Yourself of Anger, Rage, Malice, Slander

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Colossians 3:12 – Clothe Yourself with Compassion, Kindness

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 – Do Not Repay Evil for Evil

“Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee from Youthful Desires, Pursue Righteousness

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Titus 3:2 – Speak Evil of No One

“To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

James 1:19-20 – Be Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

James 4:7-8 – Submit to God, Resist the Devil

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you.”

James 4:11 – Do Not Speak Evil Against One Another

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.”

1 Peter 2:1 – Rid Yourself of Malice, Deceit, Hypocrisy

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

1 Peter 2:12 – Live Good Lives among the Gentiles

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

1 Peter 3:9 – Do Not Repay Evil with Evil

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

1 John 2:16 – Do Not Love the World or Its Desires

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

1 John 3:15 – Hate Not, for Hatred is Murder

“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”

1 John 4:20 – Cannot Love God If You Hate Your Brother

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

Proverbs 11:17 – Show Kindness to Others

“Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.”

Proverbs 14:17 – A Quick-Tempered Person Acts Foolishly

“A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.”

Proverbs 19:11 – A Person’s Wisdom Brings Self-Control

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

Proverbs 29:11 – A Fool Gives Full Vent to His Anger

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Proverbs 30:33 – Stirring Up Anger Produces Strife

“For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.”

Galatians 5:19-21 – The Acts of the Flesh Are Evident

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.”

Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

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