Principles of christian dating
We may know that we need to build a friendship with a romantic partner, but what do we do with all the powerful feelings of attraction and romance that can cloud a relationship?
The first thing we should recognize is that those feelings of romantic attraction aren’t bad or wrong.
That’s why it’s sometimes said that “you should marry your best friend.” Think of the camaraderie and enjoyment you share with your best friends.
You stick together because you genuinely enjoy each other, support each other in difficulty, and share the deepest parts of yourselves with each other.
This characteristic of friendship is essential in a lifelong relationship.
Romantic feelings often run high in the beginning of a relationship.
These hazards have caused some Christians to feel that you can’t build friendships through dating and should avoid dating altogether.
But I would say wisdom reveals that it really is possible to build healthy, uplifting friendships through dating, as long as we pay attention to several important principles.
I remember after the date having a deep sense that we had become deeper friends by the end of the date than we were before it started.
To this day we remain good friends, and I fully believe that date had a lot to do with it.