Today we are talking about relationships. Raise your hand if you would like to be married someday. If your answer is “yes”, what are some characteristics you would want in your spouse?
For most of us, marriage is a long way away, but the qualities we look for in the people we choose to date or have romantic relationships with are often similar to the qualities we would want in a marriage. The number one thing most people look for is love. In our culture we throw around the word “love” all the time, but if we want to know how God defines love, we should look to the Bible.
1. After reading the I Corinthians verses how would you say this definition of love is different from much of the love we see in relationships today?
2. Some of the words in these verses may be confusing. How would you describe the phrase, “it is not self seeking”? Are there any other phrases you find confusing?
3. If our dating relationships (or someday our marriages) reflected this definition of love, how would they be different from relationships built mostly on feelings and doing what everyone else is doing?
4. Read the Proverbs 4:23 passage and put it into your own words. What do you think God is trying to tell us here?
5. From what should we guard our hearts in a romantic relationship?
6. Why does God want us to guard our hearts in romantic relationships?
7. Read Revelation 21:6. How does it help us guard our hearts in romantic relationships to satisfy our greatest thirst for relationship in Jesus Christ?
8. What are some ways we can guard our heart better?
9. What role would you say the Holy Spirit and God’s Word plays in protecting our heart in relationships?
What ideas do you have that could improve this study? Are there creative things you do to bring this topic home to your students? Please share with the community clicking the FEEDBACK button or leaving a comment below.