Anyone ever crossed your path leaving a comment or two that spoke directly to your heart? Are family and/or friends at all iffy about your decision to move forward with the one you are presently dating? Are you dating someone who does not have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ? There are no guarantees in life, and this includes the salvation of your current date.
Rather than take a defensive approach to their input, consider that emotions can hamper your ability to see as clearly as those positioned on the outside-looking-in to your life. Most Christians who hang onto a non-believer actually think they are the best chance that their unsaved date will ever have for knowing Jesus? Someone has already coined a word for this false evangelistic strategy.
Practically speaking, dating relationships should be invited and wanted, not pressured or coerced. We can taper how much we express; it's best to not always say everything we feel.
Dependence or co-dependence cede that which God has granted to every person in his image by divine right (Matt. It is wrong for a person to have a kind of control in a romantic context that God does not call any person to give to another (see 2 Sam. We never owe anyone a specific emotion or a particular amount of it. You are each your own person walking with God and neighbor, and you undercut your ability to give love in a safe and stable way as soon as you become anything less.
When God gave the Israelites an exodus opportunity, they took it. If your relationship is even slightly abusive, consider this your sign to exit the relationship NOW!You will have all the resources you need to make decisions motivated by the desire to honor God first, not yourself (Prov. Boundaries do not so much stifle romance as empower healthy romantic intimacy.They do not so much keep people out as hold you together as you grow in relational intimacy.More than likely you or someone you know is "messin’ around". Some call it premarital sex; others call it marriage out of wedlock. However, what seems right in the heat of the moment is not worth its cost in the end.
When you have sex with anyone other than your spouse, things happen, bad things.
This article isn’t meant for Bonnie and Clyde couples headed for jail.