Relationships play a prominent role in our lives. People have relationships with many other people. Sometimes they are essential; sometimes they are minor. Relationships can be healthy. Occasionally, relationships are toxic.

What does the Bible say?

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Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:14

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:33


(I encourage you to write your answers down.)

  • Oil and water don’t mix. Light and darkness don’t work together. A poor friendship can influence us in unhealthy ways. According to the Bible, how do bad relationships affect us?

Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ 1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV.


  • Sharing our faith with others is vital. It’s also crucial to have friends in Christ that we can go to when life is too much to handle on our own. “That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12). I’m challenging you to search for and build relationships with others that will support you.


Participate in activities with worthy people. For example, attend places with excellent people.
  • I’m challenging you to pray. Pray for great friendships. But don’t forget that the ultimate Friend is always there for you. Matthew 28:20 says,  “…I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Start a prayer journal to record your conversations with Jesus. Make sure to leave space to write down His answers, too.

First Snow Notebook/Journal Black cover with Blush Floral I really want this for a journal!

Do It

If we follow up with these challenges, we can develop friendly, healthy, and godly relationships. By doing so, we can lead as an example of what the Bible tells us to do. John 15:12-15 says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

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