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Scripture(s)

Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 13:20; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 5:22-23

 Reflection Questions

1.    How can friendships and other relationships sometimes cause anxiety and stress?

2.    Read Proverbs 13:20 and 18:24: Why do you think God puts so much value on healthy friendships? How have friendship helped you in your faith journey?

3.    Proverbs 6:16-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:33: Has there been or is there currently a friend who is influencing you in a negative way? If in the past, how did you work through it? If happening now, what steps do you feel you need to take to redefine the relationship?

4.    1 Corinthians 15:33: While all friends (including you) have unique struggles and personality traits, how do you actually discern when their influence is becoming a problem? Is there a line you can clearly see? Is it unique to each friendship? Also, while this is primarily about friendships, why is this important for romantic dating as well?

5.    What is the difference between being friends with someone and having a relationship (non-romantic)? Is it okay to have different levels of friendships and relationships in your life?

Going Further

Read Galatians 5:22-23: While we may not be able to be friends with every person, we can be “friendly” with all. Reflect on why this is such an important concept for the disciple of Christ. What do Paul’s words teach us about how we should interact with others—including those who cause us anxiety and stress? 

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