Whether you’re looking into developing healthy Godly relationships in dating, with family members, or with friends… You’re in the right place!
From a gal who spent years walking through some pretty unhealthy (and un-Godly) relationships… and is now enjoying Christ-filled relationships that bring so much good into her life… I have several key aspects to share on how to develop these Godly relationships in your own life.
Building Godly relationships isn’t as hard as you may think, with Jesus leading the way!
In this post, I’m going to give you the key aspects of a Godly relationship and we’ll take a look at what scripture tells us as far as Godly advice on relationships.
Ready for your relationships to grow leaps and bounds? Keep reading, sis.
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What is a Godly Relationship?
What Does a Godly Relationship Look Like?
A God-centered relationship is a relationship (whether in dating, a friendship, or even a relationship with a loved one) that is considered to have a strong Christian foundation.
Meaning, the relationship is built on Biblical principles and what the Bible tells us is best for relationships to function well.
Another huge characteristics of Godly relationships is prayer.
When the two people in the relationship pray for each other often, and even pray together… You may consider the relationship to be God-centered.
One more way Christ-centered relationships are often characterized is by the measure of which the relationship honors God, and rejects sinful ways.
For example, many Christians would consider a man and a woman who are dating, but have chosen to abstain from sexual intimacy until marriage… a God-centered relationship. Because the couple is standing in Godly (Biblical) principles in their relationship, in order to stay obedient to God and honor Him.
Definitely check out these dating tips before your next date!
Benefits of a Godly Relationship
There are countless benefits of developing healthy Godly relationships! Here are just a few:
- A sense of inner peace about your relationship
- Typically less arguing or quicker resolutions to arguments
- Your morals and values will be aligned
- You will be equally yoked and more able to agree on spiritual things
What Does the Bible Say About Building Healthy Relationships?
When you’re wanting to learn about anything in life, it’s always best to look at what the Bible says about that topic! Even if you trust the source you’re getting the information from, it’s still wise to test the information against the Word of God.
So, don’t just take my word for it when it comes to developing healthy Godly relationships.☺️
Test what I’ve shared in this post against the Word!
Here are several Bible verses about Godly relationships:
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” — Colossians 3:19
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” — Proverbs 13:20
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” — Ephesians 4:29
“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.” — Proverbs 31:10-11
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17
We can see, just from this handful of verses about relationships, that God calls us to partake in relationships that are filled with love and encouragement toward one another! We are never called to bash, put down, or make fun of our spouse, boyfriend, friend, or any other person.
Developing Healthy Godly Relationships
How Do You Put God First in a Relationship?
There are several key things you can do in order to put God first in your relationship:
- Read the Word together. — When my husband and I were dating, some of our very first dates were sitting at a coffee shop, reading the Bible, and just talking about it together! Ask each other questions like “how do you think this can apply to your life?” or “do you feel like you’re living this verse out?”
- Pray together. — Sure, praying aloud in front of another person can be a little nerve-wrecking at first. But once you do it a few times, you will feel incredibly empowered and you’ll be amazed at how it’ll strengthen your relationship!
- Pray for each other. — When you’re not together, pray for each other. This will put God in the forefront of your mind when it comes to your relationship with this person. Surrender your relationship to God daily!
How Do You Maintain a Godly Relationship?
Maintaining Godly relationships takes work.
You must be willing to sacrifice some of your own desires. — That is the cost of love. Just as Christ sacrificed His life for us because He loved us… There are things we have to sacrifice in our relationships to keep them healthy.
For you, this may mean not always getting to do exactly what you want. For example: maybe your boyfriend/husband really wants to go to a movie when you REALLY want to go out to eat instead… It’s not a bad idea to give up your own desire to do what will bring him added joy.
And vise versa…
Personally, I’ve noticed the more that I sacrifice, give, and serve my husband… the more he does the same for me!
Another major way to maintain a Godly relationship is by showing the person you value them… in every way possible!
You really can’t use uplifting words enough.
Some examples of this are saying things like:
“Thank you so much for _____.” (Even if it’s a “little” thing!)
“I really love when you do ______.”
“You’re so great at _______.”
Especially when it comes to men… They want to feel like they’re your hero. And your words truly have the ability to do that (or the ability to tear them down.)
How to Build a Godly Relationship Before Marriage
There are countless ways you can be preparing for marriage through your relationships!
First, it’s important to learn what the Bible says about being a wife so that you can start applying those principles to your dating relationships. 💗
How to Be Romantic in a Godly Relationship
Just because you’re wanting to build a godly relationship with boyfriend and honor the Lord through purity doesn’t mean you can’t still be romantic!
I always say “have your private time in public” to help avoid temptation… But there are so many romantic things you can do in public!
Go to a candlelight dinner, take a moonlight walk, or cuddle up on a blanket at a drive-in movie.
Being pure and honoring God with your relationship also does’t mean you aren’t allowed to touch. — Affection is huge in relationships. Just make sure you know your boundaries.
Godly Relationships Books to Prepare for Marriage
First… If you’re a woman wanting to eventually marry a Godly man, read our post on what men want in a woman they can marry (we included real men’s answers!)
Both of the books below are incredibly helpful when it comes to developing Godly relationships! I highly recommend reading either of them.
Love and Respect is hands-down one of the best marriage books of all time. The cover may not be the most aesthetically intriguing, but the wisdom you’ll attain from this book will change your marriage (or future marriage), forever!!
Relationship Goals gets REAL when it comes to all things dating and relationships… You won’t regret reading this one!
Looking for more books to read to prepare for marriage? We’ve got you covered!
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