Courtship and dating are some of the least discussed topics in the church. Yet dating has caused the most havoc, destroyed countless lives, resulted in unwanted pregnancies and abortions, and even split churches apart. This has led many church youth groups to become havens for dating and premarital sex. The following are guidelines that best fit young people but many of the principles still apply to older and more mature single adults looking for a mate. I have taught each of my five children the difference between dating and courtship.
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We should find out if the person has been born again in the Spirit of Christ John and if he or she shares the same desire toward Christ-likeness Philippians The ultimate goal of dating or courting is finding a life partner. The Bible tells us that, as Christians, we should not marry an unbeliever 2 Corinthians because this would weaken our relationship with Christ and compromise our morals and standards. When one is in a committed relationship, whether dating or courting, it is important to remember to love the Lord above all else Matthew Also, we are not to defile our bodies by having premarital sex 1 Corinthians , 13; 2 Timothy Sexual immorality is a sin not only against God but against our own bodies 1 Corinthians It is important to love and honor others as we love ourselves Romans , and this is certainly true for a courtship or dating relationship.
But are these ways in which Christians should approach dating? Should Christians be more like the world when it comes to this area of their lives? Here are some tips to consider for Christians who want to pursue dating:.
Growing up, I would lay in bed and gaze up at the night stars. Well, perhaps more like my bedroom ceiling. Somewhere mid note, I would whisper a prayer for my future husband that I was yet to meet. Thanks to Hollywood, we all yearn for love.