Here are 5 powerful Bible verses that will change your relationship future if you apply them to your life.
1. 2 Timothy 2:22-26 Will Teach You Who to Partner with and How to Serve the Lost
As Christians we often feel torn between wanting to guard our own hearts while also being available to serve those who don’t know Christ. This is why the knowledge we are given in 2 Timothy 2:22-26 is important when it comes to relationships. It states:
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
So when you apply these Bible verses properly, you will learn how to join with the right people while also being available to serve those who are captured by Satan still. We are always called to be honest with people, but this is different than being open with everyone. To have a blessed relationship future, you must learn to only open up to the right people while still being a light to the lost world by speaking God’s truth.
2. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Teaches Us to Choose Our Relationships Wisely
1 Corinthians 15:33 states, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” I really appreciate how this Bible verse starts because the reality is we often do deceive ourselves when it comes to relationships, which is why we are specifically told “Do not be deceived.”
We know intellectually that we should not be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14), but oftentimes we image ourselves to be strong enough to pull someone else up rather than allowing them to pull us down. We know the Bible commands us to flee sexual immorality, but we often trick ourselves into sinning with someone over and over again because in pride we imagine that we can do better next time if we just try harder.
But 1 Corinthians 15:33 is a sobering reality. It’s so direct and clear, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” There’s no “but” after this statement. There are no exceptions for any of us.
When we think we can pull someone else up rather than them pulling us down, all we are doing is deceiving ourselves. Surely God can use us to be a light to others and help others, but if someone is truly going to get pulled up it will only be by the power of God. He may use us to help people in darkness but when we go rogue and start getting into relationships with immoral people for selfish reasons, all we are doing is hurting ourselves.
3. 1 John 5:21 Teaches Us to Avoid Relationship Idols
In the ESV 1 John 5:21 states, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” In the NLT it reads, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” That’s what an idol is – anything that takes God’s place in your heart.
Idolatry in relationships results in the exact opposite of what we really desire. When we begin to worship someone else besides God, our relationship with God is hindered and our relationship with this other person will be negatively affected too. It’s pretty obvious how an idol hurts our walk with God. But when you begin to idolize someone you are dating or want to date, you are actually sabotaging that relationship as well .
You will either get too nervous and fearful of messing it all up that you won’t be able to function properly in the relationship because you have placed this person on a pedestal, or you will have built this person up so high in your mind that they will never actually be able to live up to this false image you’ve created and thus you will end up disappointed with this relationship.
In either case, 1 John 5:21 is crucial if you hope to have godly relationship one day.
4. Ephesians 4:29-32 Teaches Us to Be Careful with Our Words and to Forgive Those Who Hurt Us
While actions certainly speak louder than words, our words still speak very loudly in relationships. Many relationship issues are not rooted in what someone did; oftentimes they are really because of what someone said. Even when a sinful action has taken place, the hurtful words and arguments that ensue often do even more damage than the actual offense. This is why Ephesians 4:29-32 is important if you want God to bless your relationship future. It states:
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
5. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Teaches Us that Love Is Worth the Pain Relationships Will Cause Us
There is no safe love. There are no clean relationships. We are all broken people, and when we start interacting with each other, things always get messy. But 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 teaches us that love is worth it. It states:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”