Holiness is setting a greater standard than that of the flesh or the world.
It’s a choice to be set apart as a couple for God’s purposes.
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When Christian men and women are considering transitioning a relationship with the opposite sex from friendship to exclusively dating, they should take a step back and truly consider if they should indeed move forward.
It is often difficult to do this when your feelings and emotions are swept away by the very thought of being in a meaningful relationship with someone you have gotten to know.
I've been working in youth ministry in some capacity for roughly eight years, and this is one of the most common questions I've fielded from young Christians: “How can (insert boyfriend/girlfriend) and I have a Christian dating relationship? ” As often I've heard it, I still love the the heart behind the question.
A couple of youngins' get to dating, and they want to “do it right.” They realize that God is concerned with every aspect of our lives, including our romantic involvements, so they've resolved to have a “Christian” dating relationship and sought guidance. Should we buy a devotional and go through it together? ” If the young man's of a theological bent, he shows up with a potential 10-week preaching series already outlined. As I already mentioned, couples often get this idea that to be truly “spiritual” they should start interweaving their spiritual lives into one.
Consider these ways that you can invest in a relationship with God to guide you to grow spiritually.If two believers are in a relationship, it would help for them to study the following 7 Bible quotes: When couples really love each other, they want the best for each other in all things.True love isn’t a selfish act—rather it’s the unconditional love that flows from the Spirit of God into their relationship.A heart that doesn't submit to listening to the law will be hardened against any call to repentance—that’s the death-knell of any godly relationship. Unless regularly reminded of the grace of Christ, the heart will begin to sink into sin, go into hiding, and find its deepest affirmation in things other than Christ—like an idolatrous focus on your relationship, for instance. ) into an idol, you want them weekly pouring out their hearts in praise to their true Redeemer and Savior.Third, the Word of God truly preached brings us by the power of the Spirit into the presence of Christ. You also want your significant other to have communion with the body of Christ outside of your own relationship. Did you note the developing trend in the four points above?Realizing that practical steps matter, most often they want tips or steps they can take to build their relationship in Christ. (Protip: this last one is definitely not a winning approach.) At that point, one of the first things I usually tell them is that there's really no “biblical theology” of dating tucked away the book of 4:5-20. This can actually become a problem, especially because you're not actually married.