30 Encouraging Bible Verses For Every Step of Your Relationship
What would you do if while perusing the aisles of Barnes and Noble one day, you stumbled upon a book containing pages and pages of inspiring, uplifting, and encouraging Bible verses full of advice about every single stage of relationships?
What I told you that you most likely already own and read or listen to that book? Maybe even on a daily basis. It’s the Bible itself!
So often we turn to God’s Word for inspiration and advice in our spiritual life. But that same book offers an abundance of information that can be applied to how we interact with the people closest to us.
Relationships have entire seasons in and of themselves. It’s helpful to know that at any point and at every turn, inspiration can be found between the covers of the Holy Book.
When The Byrds wrote, “Turn. Turn, Turn,” back in 1965, their wildly popular song spread like wildfire not only because of the catchy tune, but because of the validity of the words they sang. The lyrics came right out of the Bible.
“To everything, turn turn turn, there is a season, turn turn turn, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Words so beautifully expressed in Ecclesiastes and echoed down through the years as a reminder that everything in life has its own season.
Regardless what season of your relationship you are in, read on to find inspiration and encouraging Bible Verses helpful every step of the way.
Your relationship with God affects all aspects of your life
There is no doubt that the state of your relationship with God directly affects every single aspect of your life. Friendships, work, and family all benefit when your spiritual life is in tact. Those same relationships suffer when your relationship with God is rocky.
One of my closest friends had the type of marriage that seemed so perfect that people would constantly comment on it. They’re two faithful Catholics who spent their evenings and weekends volunteering as Core Members with their Church’s youth group. Any free time they had together was spent conquering adventures.
When they had children, things appeared great from the outside. But behind closed doors, the marriage was falling apart.
My friend was suffering from terrible postpartum depression. She lost her faith and abandoned her relationship with God. The effects of her loss of faith were so dramatic that they almost let to the end of the marriage.
Thankfully the situation improved and she was able to find her way back to God and to her husband. However, it was a very dark and scary time for them when that constant, Jesus, was no longer linking them emotionally or spiritually.
One thing that could have helped them in this time of struggle was encouraging Bible verses, reminding them that they were never alone.
God is our constant. When our relationship with him is right, our relationships with others flourish.
Spiritual growth is one of the best relationship investments you can make
Fostering your spiritual life is one of the most crucial steps you can take to improve how well your relationships function. Why?
It unites your spirit with God
If we are united with God, we live in him and operate based off of what he wants in our lives.
When we see others, we view them as God’s children and not as objects of selfish desire.
It allows the Lord to guide your actions
Relationships require a lot of work. Whether newly dating or nearing marriage, partners constantly have to make decisions that will drive forward the future of the relationship.
Are you making decisions based off of your own desires? Or are you allowing God to guide you, by being spiritually in tune with his will?
It can provide encouragement
There is a comfort in knowing that we are never alone when navigating the land of a new (or old) relationship.
By growing deeper into your spiritual life, you have comfort that you are moving in the right direction, during the hard as well as the easy times.
The Bible can help you in every stage of your relationship
In every season, you can find encouraging Bible verses to help you along the way.
When you’ve just met someone
First date? There’s a verse for that.
Navigating the very beginning of a relationship can be a bit scary, as well as exciting. Scripture offers many pearls of wisdom to those who are trying to maintain peace in the midst of something new.
If your nerves get unsettled or you aren’t sure how to approach the first (or second) date, find a verse below that speaks to your situation. Ponder it and let it guide you.
When you’ve gone on a few dates
Settling into your relationship? There are many encouraging Bible verses for that, too.
Maybe you’re dating a great person and things are moving along well. Perhaps you’re looking into the future or maybe you’re just enjoying being where you’re at in the moment. You can find many encouraging Bible verses that remind you f the virtues we need to maintain to keep a relationship strong.
When things are getting serious
This may be the time you look to Scripture the most! You can find guidance on where to go and what to do when the relationship gets serious.
There is a wealth of advice and encouragement which is helpful when making these kinds of big decisions.
No matter where you are in your relationship, there will always be decisions, important judgement calls, and hurdles to jump through.
Enjoy reviewing the meaningful and encouraging Bible verses below and hopefully you’ll be able to translate them into your journey as you search for your future husband/wife.
30 encouraging Bible verses for your relationship
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
1 Peter 4:8
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
“Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
“The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'”
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.”
“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
“‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
1 John 4:11
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 Corinthians 6:14
“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.”
Every step of a relationship can be exciting and nerve-racking. Thankfully we are blessed with an entire book full of encouraging Bible verses to help assist us as we maneuver the twists and turns of our relationships. Regardless what season you are in, you’ll find inspiration at every turn in the road, just by turning the page.
What encouraging Bible verses would you share? Leave a comment below.
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Cassi Villanueva is a freelance writer and contributing blogger at Catholic Singles. Born and raised in the south, when she's not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband and four children in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA.