Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 4

Level 3 Lesson 4

THE POWER OF GODLY RELATIONSHIPS
By Don Krow

Today we’re talking about the power of godly relationships. When you think
about it, the entire Bible talks about this subject. For instance, the word “church” is the
Greek word ekklesia, and it means “a called out group.” As you look in the Word of God,
you’ll see that the church, or the people of God, are encouraged to meet together. They’re
encouraged to pray together and to encourage one another daily. They’re encouraged by
the power of godly relationships as they walk together. If you would also consider the
word “elder,” it is used many times in Scripture, and it is used to describe someone who
is older, someone who is mature, someone who has walked the life of Christ, and who
has been successful in his family and in his marriage. If I were having a problem with my
marriage, I would want to go to a man who was godly, who has obtained godly wisdom
over the years.

We also have to realize that the Scripture describes the body of Christ as a
physical body. It has hands, eyes, ears, and other different parts. We are all part of one
another. And as part of one another, we draw strength from one another. Each ligament,
each part of the body has its own gifting, its own talents, its own way of giving strength
and knowledge.

The Bible says in James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one
for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much.” This is one example in Scripture of the power of godly relationships.
You know, there’s something in the body of Christ that is missing. I think that because
we’ve emphasized the priesthood of the believer, going directly to God and not to one
another, we’ve lost some things. The Bible talks about confessing our faults one to
another. I have a friend whose name is Dr. Loren Lewis. He’s an older gentleman, and
we’ve spent a lot of time together. He’s a Greek scholar and reads directly from the
Greek. When there’s something from the Scriptures that I can’t figure out, I’ll go to him
and ask him what the Greek has to say about it. I’ll also ask him about the tenses of the
Greek, and he helps me in my biblical studies a lot. I’ve spent hours and hours with this
man. He’s a man of wisdom. He’s a godly man. He has a successful marriage. He has a
successful family. And there’s times when all of us need to confess our faults. Now, I
know the Bible says that we’re to confess our sins to God, and I’m not saying you should
confess your sins to someone as if they could forgive them, because we need to go
directly to God. But we need to have accountability in our lives.

The power of having godly relationships is the power that we need for
accountability and for someone to encourage us to seek the Lord. In Hebrews, the Bible
tells us to exhort one another daily, to not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together,
to encourage one another, and to warn one another lest any of us be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin. All of this is speaking about the importance of godly relationships.
On the negative side, the Bible warns us many times about ungodly relationships and
164how that ungodly relationships can affect our minds and our thinking. Before we know it,
we can be led into things that we shouldn’t be in, it’s because we have not protected
ourselves and surrounded ourselves with godly counsel (Prov. 11:14, 13:20, and 1 Cor.
15:33). The Bible says, “For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness”
(2 Cor. 6:14).

As you walk this Christian life, be encouraged to surround yourself with godly
relationships and flee those who would influence you in a negative way. It is very
important that we have godly believers in our lives with whom we can sharpen ourselves
(Prov. 27:17) and be accountable to. God bless you as you continue to meditate and think
on these things.

Discipleship Questions

1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:33. What does this verse teach us about relationships?
________________________________________________________________________

2. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12. What does this verse show us about our Christian life?
________________________________________________________________________

3. Read Hebrews 10:24. What can we learn about godly relationships from Hebrews
10:24? __________________________________________________________________

4. Read Hebrews 10:25. What can we learn from this verse about relationships?
________________________________________________________________________

5. Read Proverbs 5:22-23. Why must we guard our hearts from ungodly relationships?
________________________________________________________________________

6. Read 2 Timothy 2:22. We are to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with
whom? _________________________________________________________________

7. Read Hebrews 13:7. Who are we to remember and pattern our lives after?
________________________________________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

1 Corinthians 12:12 – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the
members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Hebrews 10:24 – “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
works.”

165Hebrews 10:25 – “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of
some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
approaching.”

Proverbs 5:22-23 – “[22] His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be
holden with the cords of his sins. [23] He shall die without instruction; and in the
greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”

2 Timothy 2:22 – “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Hebrews 13:7 – “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto
you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

Answer Key

1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:33. What does this verse teach us about relationships? Bad
company corrupts good character.

2. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12. What does this verse show us about our Christian life? Just
like the physical body, we all need the other members of the body of Christ.

3. Read Hebrews 10:24. What can we learn about godly relationships from Hebrews
10:24? Those in godly relationships spur on others to love and to good works.

4. Read Hebrews 10:25. What can we learn from this verse about relationships? We need
to meet together, fellowship, and encourage one another.

5. Read Proverbs 5:22-23. Why must we guard our hearts from ungodly relationships?
Lest we be led astray by folly (verse 23).

6. Read 2 Timothy 2:22. We are to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with
whom? With them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

7. Read Hebrews 13:7. Who are we to remember and pattern our lives after? Your
leaders who have spoken the Word of God to you.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: