Is it okay—or even possible—for married people to have opposite-sex friends?
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MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP columnists Gary and Carrie Oliver believe that “it’s okay and even valuable to have opposite-sex friends.” Yet they also say “it’s both unwise and dangerous to spend one-on-one time with them after you’re married.”
You may wonder how anyone in the 21st century could hold to such a seemingly impractical standard. After all, men and women go to work and church together and sometimes become close friends. What are the dangers? Does everyone have to follow the same rules? We’ll discuss these questions in the following study.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 24:5; Isaiah 43:1–4; Malachi 2:13–16; Matthew 26:41; Mark 10:7–8; 1 Corinthians 7:1–5;
1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Ephesians 5:3, 22–33
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Marriage between two people is a mystical union.
Teaching point two: Marriage is intended to be a permanent and unique relationship.
Teaching point three: We are all vulnerable to temptation.
Teaching point four: We need to nurture and strengthen our marriages.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP
Are Opposite-Sex Friends Okay?, by Gary and Carrie Oliver (Spring 2004, 10 printed pages)
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