If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then 1 Corinthians 13 says that you truly have a loving relationship.If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then maybe you should discuss those issues with your boyfriend or girlfriend.—————- With Spring just around the corner I thought it would be a great time to give you aspiring lovers out there some tips on dating.Now I know what you are thinking isn’t this guy a pastor? But my hope in this is only to help you, after all God created relationships, and so you would be a fool to not at least consider his a perspective on dating that is grounded in scripture.And beyond Biblical perspective, this advice also comes from experience, if I have to be honest when I was single and dating I broke every one of these rules in one way or another and it always cost me.So if you are “single and looking” I hope this list will help you avoid some of the major pitfalls so many people find themselves in, and I hope it will help you to glorify God in your relationships. If you watch any TV show aimed at an audience of 12-25 year olds you will hear at some point on any given episode the phrase: “follow your heart,” or “I just had to follow my heart.” This idea of “living in the now” and “following your heart” pervades our culture and can be very dangerous. But for most, the issue of dating involves "romantic attraction and desire." Therefore "dating" must be approached by what the Scripture says regarding romantic desire and marriage, the only relationship in which romantic desire is to be fully expressed.
Often times the phrase “follow your heart” really only means “follow your youthful lusts.” The Bible actually gives us some great insight into the heart, as we read in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.
Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them.
He has not left you to crude speculation (libertarian) or crass rigidity (purist). God is not sitting on the sidelines of your romantic life waiting for you to become winsome (Prov. He anticipates, delights in, and works through awkward faithfulness (1 Cor. (4) Pre-marital romantic feelings are part of the inherent goodness of creation (Gen. Fall: (5) You are a sinner, and will desire to use, lie, manipulate, and push emotional, physical, and relational boundaries for unholy reasons (Jer. Don't structure your relationship as if you will always be at the top of your game (Matt.
Here are some starting places for living in an other-worldly (Eph.