Dating guidelines for christians
A Good and Edifying Relationship A good and edifying relationship is one where you love that person enough to be honest; honest about who you are, honest about what you plan to do and be, and honest about how you feel about him/her and what he/she does and says.Love includes the important ingredient in relationships, which is open and honest communication that is so vital to a healthy marital relationship one day.Courtship may be defined as a mutual commitment made between a man and a woman to meet regularly for the purpose of knowing each other better and seeking God's will with the aim of marriage one day if it is His divine will.We should include here that there should be a clear understanding that if the courtship does not work out, both persons are to be mature enough to part as friends without resentment and with all due respect for each other's feelings.Hence, someone in his/her mid-teens who start dating will have to expect a long courtship of a decade or more, which may not be healthy.Be patient and wait for the seasons for life to naturally develop as God intends them to be.
· Lacks the protections and guidance afforded by godly principles from the biblical concept of courtship.(Heb13:3,4) If you are not in a covenant, then you do not get the privilege of intimacy.The problem is, we are so used to having all the privileges without the responsibilities in this world.(Psa ) Dangers of Worldly Practices of Dating/Courtship The worldly practices of dating often have the following elements: · Leads to physical intimacy but not necessarily to marital commitment. · Often isolates a couple from other vital relationships with others.· In many cases, distracts young adults from their primary responsibility of preparing for the Lord’s use in the future.