Dating relationships for christians
A wiser, God-honoring approach involves first establishing the groundwork of friendship, which allows opportunity to explore each other’s character, commonalities, background, and spiritual commitment.
This article offers a number of practical suggestions to help set proper patterns for relating, building friendship, dating, and embarking on commitment that leads to marriage.
This “just friends” commitment-avoiding status produces some measure of intimacy and provides some emotional benefits that typically come with marriage—but without the responsibility marriage requires.
We’ve heard of married persons having “emotional affairs” (i.e., extramarital emotional attachments with the opposite sex without physical involvement), but this can happen with single persons as well.
In such settings, it’s quite clear one marries into a —something many Westerners could stand to learn.
Disney movies and novels commonly portray two autonomous individuals who “fall in love” and then forge their future together, often against all odds and objections.
What are some constructive ways of building healthier, more God-honoring patterns of relating?
When a young man and woman spend a good deal of time together—whether via technology or face-to-face—emotional attachments are deepened.
This pattern tends to ignore the shaping influence of the family and the family’s (often) constructive role in giving input about a prospective spouse.