Before I met Josh, I was in a dating relationship that quickly became physical.There were times that the physical part of that relationship made me believe I the guy I was dating, even though I wasn’t comfortable with what we were doing. Our emotions are closely tied to our sexual behavior.Though our eight-day “I love you” would be too soon for other couples, it was guided by the following principles.Wherever you’re at in your own relationship, use these same principles to guide the timing of those three little words.It’s one of the reasons I challenge you to think before making out, to honor God’s design for sex, and to protect the value of your intimate self.When you celebrate sexuality God’s way, your purity protects your emotions. I will press through difficulty to make us work.” it is for you to be in a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ in order to love this way.Don’t you wish you could know the future of your relationships before they even start?Well, we obviously can’t and realistically this would take a lot of the joy out of our relationships.
Your emotions will stay play a role, but they won’t dictate your decisions. When we say “I love you”, we’re really saying something more like this: “I will be patient with you. I won’t be jealous or condescending or arrogant toward you. I promise to uphold purity of mind, body, and spirit, and saturate myself with God’s truth, because I love you. Even though we had both committed not to say “I love you” until we meant it the 1 Corinthians 13 way (a fact written into our wedding vows), we said we loved one another much quicker than the average couple. We counseled one another through some very difficult seasons. If you uphold purity in your relationship, any love you give can still serve God’s kingdom.
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