Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Marriage: Don't Neglect the Friendship
Saturday, February 15, 2014
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As expressed in Colossians 3:12-14, our Christian walk should have a profound impact on the way we relate to fellow believers: "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience" (v. 12). Further, we are to "put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you" (v. 13, CEV). Of course, verses like these contain practical principles for all relationships—including how we relate to our wives. If we as Christian husbands try our best to follow the advice in verses 12 through 14, we'll find ourselves more easily living out the command in verse 19: "Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly."
- Why is it sometimes difficult for men to relate to those qualities listed in verse 12? Think of some manly men who display these qualities.
- What not-so-becoming qualities of yours does your wife graciously and lovingly put up with? What unglamorous characteristics in your wife do you try to overlook for the sake of harmony and unconditional love?
- Why is forgiveness in a marriage sometimes so difficult? Why is it so important?
- On an index card, write down one or two ways you can apply the study passage to your relationship with your wife. For the next several days, try your best to do what you wrote down.
Key Study Passage:
Colossians 3:12-14, 19
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for qualities you appreciate about your wife. Confess times you have been harsh, impatient, or unkind toward her. Ask God to reveal any changes you might need to make to be a better husband.
Colossians 3:12-14, 19
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, show my wife and me how we can strengthen our marriage; and even in difficult times, help us to still look at one another at the end of the day and say, "You are my best friend."
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