See this page in: Dutch , Hungarian , Indonesian , Spanish , Swedish God wants the best for us in every area of our lives. This includes relationships with boyfriends or girlfriends.
We should date for fun, friendship, personality development and selection of a mate, not to be popular or for security. Don't allow peer pressure to force you into dating situations that are not appropriate. The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating.
The Bible tells us to be very careful about giving our affections , because our heart influences everything else in our life. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life Proverbs 4: You are known by the company you keep. We also tend to become like the company we keep. This principle is closely related to the first one and is just as important in friendships as in dating. Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character 1 Corinthians Christians should only date other Christians.
Although it is fine for Christians to have non-Christian friends, those who are especially close to our heart should be mature believers who are seeking to follow Christ with their lives.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Is it really love? Ask yourself these questions: Are you patient with each other? Are you kind to each other? Are you never envious of each other?
Do you never boast to or about each other? Is your relationship characterized by humility? Are you never rude to each other? Are you not self-seeking? Are you not easily angered with each other?
Do you keep no record of wrongs? Are you truthful with each other? Do you protect each other? Do you trust each other? How far is too far? Does the situation I put myself in invite sexual immorality or help me avoid it? What kind of reputation does my potential date have?
Remember 1 Corinthians Don't give up your values for a date. Am I attracting the wrong type of person? Make sure that the message you send with your actions doesn't attract people who will lead you to compromise your values.
Am I aware that sin is first committed in the heart? Many good intentions have been forgotten because the temptation and opportunity were too great. Am I doing anything to encourage sexual desire? Don't engage in any impure contact that is sexually motivated, such as petting. If you have already gone too far, why stop? You can start fresh with God anytime you want to. His word tells us that sexual sin is wrong, and He knows what is best.
God knows that going too far before marriage tends to break up couples and leads to less happy marriages. He knows that most guys do not want to marry a girl who has been intimate with someone else.
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