Six Bad Habits that will Destroy Friendships, Families, and Marriages
Bible Study Objectives:
To remind us that the opposite of love is not hate but selfishness which leads to broken relationships: Philippians 2:3
To remind us that Samson/Saul were victims of selfishness and died as foolish rebels: Judges 14:3, I Samuel 15:23
To remind us that we are not exempt from selfishness that will prevent us from finishing well: I Corinthians 10:12
Bible Study Guidelines:
1. Do you refrain from the bad habit of provoking one another? Galatians 5:26
Relationships are killed when words are used to nag/annoy/irritate/put down and anger others: Ephesians 6:4
To have a reputation for arguing/whining continually will ultimately destroy relationships: Proverbs 21:9,19, 27:1
Our words will make our homes a place of wonderful memories or a place of broken dreams/hearts: Proverbs 14:1
2. Do you refrain from the bad habit of hating one another? Titus 3:1-3
Happiness will never find those who hate others and have a bitter/toxic attitude: I John 4:20, Ephesians 4:32
Brokenness/anger/hatred/bitterness is what you will experience if you fail to forgive others: Matthew 18:21-35
3. Do you refrain from the bad habit of lying to one another? Colossians 3:9
Trust is the glue that holds all relationships together and lying destroys trust and happiness: Proverbs 31:11,28
Being a person of integrity is absolutely essential if we expect happiness to find us: Ephesians 4:25, John 8:32
4. Do you refrain from the bad habit of speaking evil of one another? James 4:11, Ephesians 4:22-32
Evil words destroy reputations and one should never confess the sins of others in public: Proverbs 6:12-19, 8:13
Honest evaluation of others should be done in private and with the intent to help and not hurt: Genesis 49:1-33
5. Do you refrain from the bad habit of complaining about one another? James 5:9, Lamentations 3:39
Complaining/criticizing/competing/comparing/contending are cancers that destroy relationships: Ephesians 4:29
We are commanded to be content, not discontent in light of the brevity of life: Hebrews 13:5, Colossians 3:13-17
6. Do you refrain from the bad habit of bullying one another? Galatians
5:15, I Thessalonians 5:15
Constant verbal or physical abuse to get your own way will totally destroy your relationships: Proverbs 21:19
Nabal was rich/powerful and was the poster child for bullying and this habit cost him his life: I Samuel 25:1-39
Bible Study Summary:
God specializes in totally restoring broken lives caused by destructive bad habits: Jeremiah 13:23, II Corinthians 5:17
Someone wrote: You may feel that no one loves you and there’s no use to try, but just bring your cares to Jesus and your soul He’ll satisfy. You may feel that there’s no hope because your broken heart will not mend. Though you are torn in many pieces Christ can make you whole again. Storms of doubt will sweep over you but please don’t be afraid. God can make all the corrections; remember He made a body out of clay. Pick up the broken pieces and bring them to the Lord, pick up the broken pieces and trust in His holy word. He will put you back together and make your life complete, just place the broken pieces at the Saviors feet. II Kings 5:1-15
The Above lesson was written by Tommy Dowling
a Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years who is now with the Lord.
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