It’s important to remember that though dating should not be used for the purpose of bringing the person you’re dating to know Jesus, it’s still a chance to encourage and uplift those we come into contact with.
Healthy interactions with others will leave us with little regrets, no matter what the long-term outcomes.
It’s easy to include God in our spiritual lives, but why not include Him in our relational world, as well?Throughout God’s Word, He encourages us again and again to bring our needs, concerns and desires to Him (Matthew 7:7).He cares about the things that concern us, and He’s longing to connect with us in a way that’s meaningful.Our relationships can be an instrument that draws us close to God, as we seek Him for wisdom, guidance and discernment along the way (Psalm ).Becoming more like Christ sets us up for interactions with others that reflect love, healing and wholeness.
I’d say that’s a step in the right direction when it comes to dating well.He was reacting against the casual, recreational, aimless dating that had come to dominate the American landscape. But, as we are so prone to do, we took good principles and distorted them and distilled them into a series of unhelpful/legalistic practices.He was trying to help young men and women stop hurting each other through the endless hooking up, breaking up, hooking up, breaking up, etc. Dating/courting has turned into an elaborate set of unwritten rules which must be followed to the letter, no matter what the circumstances. But the reality is, you can’t slap these practices on top of every relationship and expect the relationship to go well.God’s Word reminds us of the importance of connecting with people who are in line with our spiritual life (2 Corinthians , 1 Corinthians ).The truth about relationships is that the healthier both individuals are emotionally and spiritually, the healthier the relationship will be.Dating with wisdom means we also understand the importance of emotional and spiritual boundaries by learning not to go too deep, too fast.