Friendships, family, marriages: all relationships are a gift from God. They improve our quality of life in a considerable manner and give us strength and joy.
Sure, they can be tricky sometimes, but when it comes to finding guidance for relationships there is for sure no better place to turn to other than the Bible.
Just like with everything else, the Word of God is the biggest blessing for every single topic in human life, including human relations.
These 10 Bible verses are the best relationship lessons you can get, and if you let them guide your relationships, you will be greatly blessed.
Many people have divorces and all kinds of relationship vicissitudes because God is not at the center of those relationships. In your relationship, remember that Christ must always be at the center.
As you’ll see from Godly people in the Bible, God will give us edifying, fruitful, quality relationships if they function according to his perfect guidance.
So, here is the list of illuminating Bible verses about relationships:
1. Genesis 29:16:
Lesson: God can give you long-lasting relationships
17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
In the present day, many relationships can seem fleeting and fugacious. Whether those are friendships or romantic relationships, some seem designed not to last.
As Christians, we do not have to be afraid of non-lasting relationships by reading everything about Jacob and Rachel and their Godly relationship in Genesis 29.
Jacob endured 7 years of hard labor just to be in a relationship with Rachel. If that relationship in your life is from God, time won’t be able to break it apart.
Unstable relationships are not from God, because God can definitely bring a Jacob or Rachel into your life.
2. Genesis 3:6:
Lesson: Temptation can come anytime in your relationships
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it”.
Both men and women have strengths and weaknesses, and we can learn from story of Adam and Eve is that temptation to sin can come anytime.
Eve faced temptation and she was fooled by the lies of the enemy. Maybe, in the present day the enemy could use a real person at work or school to lead us to cheating.
3. Genesis 24:15-16
Lesson: God matches the right people together
genesis 24:15-16: “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again”.
Abraham had sent one his servants to get a wife for Isaac. The servant was really worried that he would not be able to get a wife for him, and he was praying to God so that he would help him with this intricate mission.
Again, we find out just how utterly awesome our Lord is because the man had not even finished praying, when God made appear the most beautiful woman for Isaac just out of the blue.
I see so many people desperate to find the right partner. With the Lord, You do not have to ever worry about getting the right partner, or spouse. With the Lord everything will fall into its perfect place if you just trust Him.
4. 1 Corinthians 5:11
11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
Lesson: We should not engage in any friendship or romantic partnership with two-faced believers
Concerning relationships of any kind, whether friendships, kinships or marriages, the commandment from the apostle Paul stands firm forever.
Paul states Christians should not be friends or romantic partners with a church-going Christian who engages in any sort of immorality, to the degree that he commands not to eat with such a person.
5. 1 Kings 11:4
Lesson: Never let any relationship drive you away from God
1 Kings 11:4: “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been”.
King Solomon, son of king David, relented to the pressure of his foreign wives who led him to belie the one, true God of Israel, and provides a stern warning for modern Christians.
In modern times, the other “gods” that some relationships in your life can lead you to could be skipping church on Sundays, drinking, and forgoing piousness in your life little by little.
6. Matthew 5:32
Lesson: Divorce is not from God and in fact, is not permitted in Christianity.
Matthew 5:32: “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery”.
Pray for the dwindling of divorces in society and for divorce-less relationship. An old man once said: “Back in my day, things that were broken were fixed, not replaced, that is why marriages lasted much longer years ago”.
God wants unity and not separation in marriage, and that couples work through their conflicts with His heavenly help.
Always remember: remarriage after a divorce is considered a sin in Christianity. Per the Biblical text, the only legitimate reason for divorce is infidelity.
This Bible verse can remind us of Abram And Sarai’s marriage(before they became Abraham and Sarah), when they travelled to Egypt to escape famine.
Abram instructed Sarai to lie and say he was his sister but God brought them back together after Pharaoh attempted to seduce Sarai. God took care of Abram’s honor, isn’t our Lord and God beautiful?
7. Ephesians 4:29
Lesson: Edifying communication must prevail
29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”.
In all relationships with friends, partners or relatives, communication is central. Relationships cannot thrive without communication.
As such, the Bible commands us to make sure our words are always edifying, and not destructive in any kind of relationship.
8. Matthew 22:37-39:
Lesson: The two Bible verses guiding all human relations
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Our relationship to God is the most important relationship in our human lives, and will make us overflow with the love we need to love our neighbors, like the good Samaritan.
Loving our neighbors should be a relentless effort, and it is deep in the sense that it means to help strangers, friends or relatives whenever they might need our assistance.
9. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Lesson: Christ must be unifying strand across all of your relationships
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken”.
As it was stated in the beginning of this post, make sure Christ is at the center of all your relationships: friendships, kinships, work-relationships and marriage.
He will be the unifying strand that across all them and lead all of them to edification, life, endurance, and happiness.
10. 1 Corinthians 7:7-8:
Lesson: There is nothing wrong with being single for the Lord Jesus Christ
7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.
The apostle Paul never married, and he left us with a Bible verse about relationships that will stand firm forever. Stay single until God brings a suitable partner, forgo unedifying friendships and/or do not marry at all.
Notice how Paul says: “I wish that all of you were as I am”. Never marrying, and giving your entire devotion to our Lord Jesus can definitely be the best thing to do.
Sometimes, being single can be SO much better because the Lord is the best companion for our lives always.
Remember: Relationships are a great blessing from God. The guidance from Scripture will make us a blessing for every relationship in our life, and for the people in them.
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