The Bible teaches about all Christian relationships. It shows us how to deal with our marriage, our family, our friends, our work. Sometimes we are tempted to think that the Bible only deals with "spiritual" things. We are tempted to discount it as applying only for pastors or super-spiritual people. To think that the Bible can talk of Christian relationships in a practical way and that God actually expects obedience from "ordinary" Christians, is a new idea to some. Others scoff at the Bible viewing it as impractical and old-fashioned in a modern world. Nothing could be further from the truth and Satan is delighted when Christians fall for such lies.
Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.
I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.
I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you. [Ps. 119:165-168, NIV]
is only as we love and follow the Word of God that nothing can make us
stumble. It is God's Word that gives us wisdom in difficult and trying
times. And it takes faith because many times it contradicts what we would naturally like to do in our Christian relationships. [Turn the other cheek. Really? Tell the truth when it might get me fired. Are you kidding?]
Pay attention: I'm teaching you the rules and regulations that God commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them. Practice them. You'll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what's going on, they'll say, "What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We've never seen anything like it." [Deut. 4:5-6, The Message]
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. [Joshua 1:7-8, NIV]
The Armour of God [Eph. 6] is for everyday situations, not the super battles of the elite. The Bible's practical answers are built on an understanding of Biblical law [see Is Biblical Law Valid Today?]. God explains how life, including Christian relationships with others, work. It is His desire that we be successful in every area of life; however, He knows that can only happen as we follow His instructions for how He designed the universe to operate. The law is actually a gift of God's grace to let us know how things work together for the best results!
Christian relationships do not mean we are dealing only with Christians. It answers the question: As a committed disciple of Jesus Christ, how do I handle all of my relationships with others - Christian and non-Christian?
God's principles in Christian relationships does not mean that things will always
work as we would like them to. Sometimes we can make the right
decision and it will cost us our job...or marriage. This is not some
kind of magical fantasy land with a happy ending right now for everyone.
But as we follow in the footsteps of Christ,
our number one relationship [with Him] will be on track and we will
have a heavenly reward regardless of what we see or don't see here on
The growing number of Christian relationship articles below explore different aspects of our relationships to others. Read through the ones of interest to you and also check out our e-mail courses.
These love languages are not always verbal, but they are powerful emotional languages. They are the ways real love is given and received. You will discover that one of these following languages is your first [or native] language.
Wilson noted that history reveals that nations decline and eventually die when sexual immorality becomes rampant and the traditional family is discarded in favor of group sex, homosexuality, infidelity, and unrestrained sexual hedonism.
...These statistics should motivate women to take specific steps to protect themselves in their old age. But most people act as though they will beat the odds.
Immorality, then gives false testimony to the character of God. It pictures Him as a selfish Being using and abusing people for His own pleasure. It says God is unfaithful and not to be trusted.
As with anything, we have to view the total teaching of the Bible on any subject. Every verse is important in giving a complete picture of a subject...
With humanistic attacks on marriage and the family, the role of the husband has been clouded and confused. If you add to this common misunderstandings of Scriptural authority and Biblical principles, it is amazing the amount of pressure that is placed on men.
...This means that the role of a wife is more important than the role of a mother. The role of a mother is vital, but it grows out of and is under the ministry of being a "help meet."
Will the real man please stand up. In order to learn what the role of a real man should be like, we will have to look at the purpose for which he was created and at the examples provided in Scripture...
...So if you are struggling - or know someone who struggling - with Internet pornography or any kind of sexual sin, what steps do you take to break free?
With so much great information and fun activities on the Internet our children want to be on-line, but how do we keep our children safe on-line, protecting them from internet porn?
It is interesting to note that, although Jesus was, for most of His adult life, a carpenter making many things with His hands, the only thing that Scripture directly records that Jesus made with His hands was a whip with which He "spanked" wayward adults.
Below we are going to take the Ten Commandments and see what they can teach us about how to find a spouse. You've probably never looked at the Ten Commandments this way before...
in answering this question about Jesus attending a gay wedding, we must be clear in understanding the difference between acceptance and approval...
A proper understanding will help Christians understand the false presuppositions behind statements like: I can do what I want, I’m not hurting anyone, Its consensual so it can’t be wrong…
Has God put a burning desire in your heart to reach others in some way? You may be a Pastor or a church leader or a mother with three small children or a father working 9 to 5...
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