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The Power of Bad Relationships

1 When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— 2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.” (Deuteronomy 7:1-4) (NIV)


Some time ago, I went to visit the daughter of a good friend of mine; a beautiful girl in her twenties with an amazing future ahead of her. This young girl was like a daughter, like a lovely niece… like family to me. She is a piano player, a great singer and song writer who faithfully serves with her father as part of the Worship Team at their local church.

A couple of weeks prior to my visit, she suffered a terrible car accident. She was hit from behind by a truck; her car was pushed into the opposite lane in a busy highway in Jacksonville, Florida and further hit by five other cars. It was nothing less than a miracle that this girl stayed alive after such brutal accident.

Kathy (not her real name) is able to walk and all of the visible bruises are gone; however, she is now enduring great pain as some complications were found in her body. As I went to see Kathy, I realized that Kathy’s greatest pain was not physical, even as serious as her physical injuries were. Kathy’s greatest pain was emotional. See, her boyfriend broke-up with her just moments before the accident. Kathy, like many in our day, stand in great need of prayer as she is one more victim of the power of a bad relationship.

Today’s days, God is not imposing limits into who to marry or not to marry in terms of race; but the warning continues to stand today as powerfully as it did in those days. The Bible warns us about not to engage into marriage unequally yoked; in other words, we have no business marrying someone that is not a Christian.

Any relationship that will turn us away from God is not of God. Bad relationships will lead us away from the Lord and into the worship of modern-day idols. That boyfriend or girlfriend can be the very thing that will cause the Lord’s anger to burn against you. A bad relationship “…will quickly destroy you.”

If you are involved in a relationship where you find yourself distancing from the Lord; especially in a relationship where you are encouraged to fornicate as evidence of your love, you are worshipping idols and you have allowed your heart to turn away from God.

If your life is falling apart because your “significant other” broke up with you, you have made that man or that woman your god. Repent, ask the Lord for help and go after God. May the Lord free us all from the power of bad relationships.

One response to “The Power of Bad Relationships”

  1. Being made in the image of God means we are “like” God (see Genesis 1:26), and this “likeness” creates a hunger to share a deep and abiding fellowship with God. From that likeness come our temptation to confuse other things with God and go chasing after bad relationships. But from that likeness also comes our greatest glory—to live, move, and have our being “in” the God who has made us.


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