BUILDING A GREAT FAMILY

 September 10, 2016 Week 3

RELATIONSHIPS ARE COMPLEX

TO BUILD GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WE MUST BECOME AN EXPERT ON OUR RELATIONSHIPS

“The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1 NKJV 

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;” Proverbs 24:3 NIV

“If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10 NKJV

“A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;” Proverbs 24:5 NKJV

TURNING STUMBLING BLOCKS INTO STEPPING STONES

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 NKJV

“Jesus answered, “Haven't you read the scripture that says that in the beginning the Creator made people male and female? And God said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together.”” Matthew 19:4-6 GNB

1) COUPLE CLOSENESS: THE BRIDGE TO PURSUIT AND CONNECTION

“Yet I hold this against you.  You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.     Revelation 2:4-5a NIV

2) COUPLE COMMUNICATION: THE BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”    James 1:19 NIV

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”    I Peter 3:7 NKJV   

3) COUPLE FLEXIBLE: THE BRIDGE TO AGREEMENT AND POWER

“Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21 NKJV

“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives" I Peter 3:1NKJV

““I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.””     Matthew 18:19-20 NLT

“Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”      1 Corinthians 7:5 NLT 

4) COUPLE FORGIVENESS: THE BRIDGE TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE

“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman." "Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.” Proverbs 21:9, 19 NKJV

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”      Colossians 3:13-14 NLT

 

FOR ADDITIONAL STUDY  

 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:21-33 NIV

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. Colossians 3:18-21  NIV

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:1-4 NIV

“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 NLT

“But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:2-5 NLT

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