Here’s what we discussed last night:
Describe your ideal friendship, your ideal dating relationship, and your ideal marriage.
Read these passages:
Young people who obey the law are wise;
those with wild friends bring shame to their parents. (Proverbs 28:7, NLT)
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13, NLT)
Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, andthose who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:1-4, NLT)
It seems that the church and the rest of the world have very different views on relationships and intimacy. Why do you think there is such stark opposition between the two? Where do you think this opposition comes from?
What do you think is the difference between the church’s view on friendship, and the world’s view on friendship? What about marriage? What about the roles of men and women?
Why do you think it is so important that we understand God’s design for these particular relationships? What happens when we decide to use relationships in a way that is against God’s design (what are the long term and short term consequences)?
Ultimately, the best relationship we could ever have is one with Jesus Christ. His unconditional love for us should affect every relationship we have, and every facet of our lives.