Building a healthy christian dating relationship
So how do you keep God at the center of all that you do while building up to becoming one with your partner?Here are some thoughts you can meditate on that may help you to make sure you’re dating in a way that God designed.
If a man cannot do that, he is not ready to be a husband.It’s easier to put boundaries on physical intimacy — hands kept to a certain place, kissing kept to a specific limit.When I was in college, there was an ongoing joke about the Three-Second Hug Rule.If there is always that possibility, then you must ask yourself whether this person has the qualities you will need in a husband. Ask yourself these questions: How strong is his relationship with Jesus Christ? How passionate is he about reading God’s Word, prayer, and fellowship with other believers in a biblically solid church? However, in Ephesians Paul compares a husband’s role toward his wife with that of Christ’s role toward His Bride, the Church, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, the she might be holy and without blemish,” (Ephesians -27, emphasis mine).Christ’s role and a husband’s role do differ because only Christ alone can truly cleanse us.And if he is not ready to be a husband, dating him could only have a sorrowful outcome.
Marriage is a covenantal bond between a man and a woman where there is dependence—to a certain extent.
It can be difficult to be clear-headed in a dating relationship.
It is easy to see only the positive in the other person and completely ignore any warning signs. It would be foolish to date someone and not even consider the possible outcomes.
We courted for 1 year and 8 months and kissed for the first time on 8/14/2010. SO, let's first quickly break down the difference between courting & dating. We STAYED out in groups with people and family & we were rarely alone in our almost 2 year courting process. It wasn't EASY but if it was EASY, everybody would do it.
Before we even get into that-- let's just make sure that we're ALL on the same page. You can't just "say" you're a Christian cuz you go to church. It was great for him and I to see how each other interacted with others in large groups.
If you were caught hugging longer than three seconds, your peers would call you out for having entered the realm of the inappropriate.