A relationship can exist with friends, partners, parents, kids, and more for everyone of us. Some are joyful and flow readily. some not as much. So what shall we do?
The relationship between men and women, between people and our Savior, and between believers is addressed in the Bible. Understanding these facts enables us to make wiser choices and navigate through life.
What Does the Bible Have to Say About Relationships, Particularly with Jesus?
What if a stranger approached you and said, “Who is Jesus?”
What response would you give? What is the Bible’s teaching on relationships, particularly those with Jesus specifically? Is He a Prophet or just a Man? He can simply be “someone” we are aware of. According to the Bible, He is the Son of God and our only hope of redemption.
He atones for our sinful decisions. (By the way, in a world where Jesus is present, it makes no difference how “terrible” our sin is. No matter how terrible they may seem, Jesus applies the salve of forgiveness, love, and salvation to every wrong.) This crucial connection serves as the cornerstone of the Christian’s existence.
Scriptures on Developing Relationships
How can we establish connections with other people? Do the Scriptures offer any guidance for us? Yes.
Often, thoughts motivate behavior. A good connection can be developed by taking into account the thoughts that run amok in our heads. Philippians 4:8 encourages us to put our attention on things that are desirable, great, and praiseworthy. When we construct with these ideas, what a wonderful beginning for good marriages, friendships, and other relationships.
We benefit from having compassion, gentleness, and tolerance towards one another. We should accommodate for inadequacies because we all have flaws. For more details, see Ephesians 4:2.
Honesty fosters the growth of Christian relationships.
“Don’t lie to each other,” Colossians 3:9 exhorts us, “because you have put off your old self with its habits.” However, the four-letter word love may have the greatest influence on creating strong relationships in marriage, friendship, and other contexts. 1 Peter 4:8 extols the virtue of goodwill: Above all, genuinely love one another, for love is a great atonement for sin.
What Kinds of Relationships Do We Have With Other Believers?
A number of scriptures from the Bible are available to us.
We’re not alone, Ephesians 4:11–13 informs us. God provides resources in the body of Christ to aid in strengthening our faith. We can develop in our relationship with Jesus through the aid of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, among others.
Here are some additional verses that speak to our connection with other Christians:
Don’t forsake gathering and encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25)
Pray for everyone, including those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
How to handle a situation in which a brother sins (Matt. 18:15-17)
Love one another—just as Jesus loved us (John 13:34)
Bear with one another and forgive (Col. 3:12-14)
What does the Bible say about marital relationships?
God created both males and females in His image, according to Genesis 1:27.
According to Genesis 2:18, God made women to be good helpers for men. A man will leave his father and mother to be married to his wife, and they shall become one, according to verse 24’s addition, which paints a lovely picture of marriage.
Proverbs 31:10-11 explains the high value of a good, trustworthy wife. This type of wife enriches her husband’s life with great impact.
Ephesians 21-33 focuses on the relationship between Christ and church, but it also provides solid guidance for marriages. Husbands should love their wives as self (verse 33), while wives are called to respect their groom.
1 Corinthians 13 describes love. Patience, kindness, a refusal to envy, and many other attributes that are important in the Christian life also ring wise for a good marriage.
What does the Bible say About Dating Relationships?
I “winged it” during my dating years because I wasn’t a Christian. I don’t advise using that strategy. God provides a better option.
When we are unsure of who we are, it is simple to get lost, especially when dating. As Christians, Christ alone is the source of our identity and worth. We might, however, place more value and meaning in a person than in God. Verse in this work reassures us of our identity. (If you’re unsure about your identity in Christ, pray to God to make it clear to you. You may end up selecting partners more wisely as a result.).
Please see our previous post on Your Identity in Christ
When asked about dating, many people cite 2 Corinthians 6:14, which states, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. What, therefore, is the connection between righteousness and wickedness? Or what relationship may light and darkness have?” The context of this verse speaks to believers. The notion expressed is relevant to dating and significant relationships, but it also urges attentiveness when forging connections.
The two greatest commandments are mentioned in the New Testament (Luke 10:27). To love the Lord, our God, with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, is the first commandment. Love for one another is the second commandment. Why not, when dating, concentrate on both commandments?
Galatians 5:22–23 indicates that the fruit of the Spirit is full of goodness. Would you want to go on a date with someone who exhibited these traits? Why not give God permission to bring forth this fruit in you as well?
Television, motion pictures, and music frequently celebrate extramarital sex. In fact, it happens so frequently that many of us don’t give it a second thought. However, the Bible forbids sexual immorality frequently. In fact, we are urged to “flee” from it in 1 Corinthians 6:18.
Scriptures on Parenting
We’ve talked about adult relationships, but what about child relationships?
Eleven Scripture passages about parents and children are listed below:
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 11:19 “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Ephesians 1:4 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.”
Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’
Col. 3:21 “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
Prov. 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Prov. 29:15 “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.”
Prov. 29:17 “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.”
Matt. 6:33-34 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Prov. 1:8-9 “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
Psalm 127:3-5 “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
What about friendship among Christians?
I observe the friendships my children form because I’m a Father. I want them to be in relationships that are based on kindness, love, trust, and honesty. Numerous texts in the Bible address friendship. But two examples stand out from the others.
We can see from John 15:13 that love is the foundation of our connection with Jesus. He actually personifies both genuine friendship and affection. To learn more about this, read the full book of John.
These friends walked through a dangerous circumstance side by side. Saul, Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, wanted to assassinate David since he was David’s successor. David was saved by Jonathan. David reciprocated by being kind to Jonathan’s offspring. For further information, read 2 Samuel 9:1–7, 1 Samuel 20, and 1 Samuel 18.
There are more passages about friendships to come. Consider them or mention them to loved ones in prayer:
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
Proverbs 13:20 “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
John 15:12-14 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
Proverbs 22:24-25 “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.”
7 Scriptures that Discuss Having a Relationship with God
In John 3:16, He demonstrates His love for us.
According to John 15:4–5, He is our vine, enabling the production of spiritual fruit.
Genesis 1:27 refers to him as our creator.
Proverbs 18:10 says He is our security.
Psalm 46:1 states that He is our strength and sanctuary.
In Psalm 121:1-2, he is our support.
According to Revelation 21:4, He wipes every tear.
There are many other instructive passages in Scripture that we might explore. And we’ll be ready to respond with godly insight straight from God’s Word the next time someone asks, “What does the Bible say about relationships?”
God bless you.