Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Scripture quotations noted KJV are from the KING JAMES VERSION. We are convinced that the essence of a true soul mate relationship is that of deep spiritual connection.Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Unfortunately far too many people are merely concerned with finding a companion or a playmate rather than a soul mate. Such focus and attention are legitimate and even necessary for basic living.
Relationship experts Ben Young and Samuel Adams, authors of The Ten Commandments of Dating and The One, give user-friendly tips for nurturing your personal walk with God and enhancing your spiritual connection as a couple. Scripture quotations noted NLT are from the New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. There is no greater endeavor than the process of developing a deeper connection with God.We usually start out pretty strong and that strength usually lasts about two weeks. One of the other problems we have faced is a general feeling of “cheesiness.” By that I mean that most of the studies we’ve tried have ended up leaving us feeling…well, cheesy.I can’t pick one and put my finger on it; and perhaps it isn’t the study at all, but anytime we’ve tried to study God’s Word together and pray together on a regular basis, we have fought the “cheese factor.” One encouragement that I’ve found (that also serves as a discouragement) in my quest for an appropriate couples Bible study method is that most everyone else I know struggles with this too.A true soul mate relationship can be attained only when there are a solid level of spiritual compatibility and a mutual agreement that the marriage centers on a relationship with God.Once you find a partner who has the potential for a true soul mate relationship, then you can start to lay a foundation of spiritual intimacy upon which to build in years to come.Much to my surprise then, was her suggestion of using a commentary to guide our study.Just a quick aside: nothing says sexy to me like my wife reading a Bible commentary – seriously. I took a swing through the book of James and also through a commentary and came up with some natural divisions breaking down book into smaller “chunks.” This is where a commentary can be extremely helpful.In fact, it’s possible to develop spiritual intimacy too soon before a relationship has the opportunity to grow more naturally.Therefore, we advise you to be cautious and mindful of this danger.For some time now, Meg and I have been struggling to find the right way to implement a joint Bible study between her and I.We’ve tried various methods and various studies, but none have panned out.