Wisdom On … Friends, Dating, and Relationships (Wisdom Series)
Ecclesiastes Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.
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If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other.
But how can one be warm alone? Proverbs ,11 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. Ephesians And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church.
He gave up his life for her. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and she must respect her husband. Treat her with understanding as you live together. Proverbs Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. Deuteronomy And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today.
Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Ephesians Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying. I am the LORD. Matthew Some children were brought to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples told them not to bother him.
For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. Proverbs Upright citizens bless a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent. Proverbs A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
Proverbs Putting confidence in an unreliable person is like chewing with a toothache or walking on a broken foot. Proverbs Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition. Proverbs A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. Ephesians Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Proverbs Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket. Proverbs A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls. Galatians But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Titus Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have strong faith and be filled with love and patience. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ.
Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self- control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Proverbs Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer.
Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. So do not deprive each other of sexual relations. Hebrews Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Ephesians In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. Come, my love, let us go out into the fields and spend the night among the wildflowers.
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Let us get up early and go out to the vineyards. Let us see whether the vines have budded, whether the blossoms have opened, and whether the pomegranates are in flower. And there I will give you my love. Psalm The Lord is my light and my salvation — so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger — so why should I tremble? What can mere mortals do to me?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you. Matthew If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it. Benefits of ERI. Benefits of Marriage Enrichment. Since dating was not a part of the ancient Mediterranean cultural script, the Bible has nothing explicit to say about it.
That is probably why the church leaders I knew as an adolescent struggled to address the question in an intellectually and emotionally satisfactory manner. Nevertheless, I am convinced that the Scriptures bear witness to a way of thinking and living that can help our single friends navigate the exhilarating and treacherous world of physical affection in dating relationships. In the paragraphs that follow, I am going to lay out a series of diagnostic questions that will help dating couples evaluate their behavior in light of their devotion to Jesus.
We will not be addressing the permissibility or impermissibility of specific behaviors although I will argue that you should address specifics when you talk to the single people in your life. Rather, we are going to focus on principles of biblical living. These principles point us to a particular way of life—one in which our devotion to Jesus is more important than the physical and emotional longings that we experience. First, would God be proud of what I am doing?
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It is a rather amorphous concept—and one that Western people in particular have a difficult time understanding. More practically, it is easy to deceive ourselves into thinking that something we want will please God, especially when our culture celebrates sensuality at every turn. Still, the desire to honor God above all else stands at the very heart of the Christian experience. It is the motivating factor behind our worship, and it is foundational for our ethics. It is vitally important that we stop and think before we act, and one of the first things that we should think about is whether our actions will bring honor to the God we serve.
In addition to asking whether our behavior honors God, we need to ask whether our behavior honors the man or woman whom we are dating.