Happy Truthful Tuesday, friends!
This week, I wanted to spend some time talking about dating. It seems like our society’s view of dating is constantly changing, and it’s always a good idea to realign ourselves with God’s vision for our relationships, whether you are in a relationship or a season of singleness, this post is for you.
Here are my five tips for successful dating!
1. Love God First
When we love God with all of our heart first, loving others falls right into place. From loving Him, we are given patience, forgiveness, understanding, and much more. When you are constantly in the Word and in prayer, it radiates from you and translates into your relationships.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
2. Know Why You’re Dating
So many examples of dating that our culture sets for us are dating for short-term satisfaction and are primarily about what the other person can do for you. This is so different from the beautiful examples God has given us. When Christians come together into a relationship, it’s only purpose is to glorify God. Men and women were created by God, in the image of God, for God. We are made to serve each other and work in perfect unity.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
3. Set Boundaries Early and Stick to Them
It is so so important to set boundaries early in your relationship. Physical boundaries enforce the purpose of your relationship and ensure that you are both honoring each other in chasing God’s heart.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you knows how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
4. Focus on the Fruits of the Spirit
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the perfect recipe for a successful relationship of any kind. Let these radiate from you on a daily basis.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
5. Remember That The Other Person isn’t Perfect and Neither are You!
Be forgiving and understanding. You guys are going to make mistakes; what matters is how you come back from it. Strive to honor God above all else, and everything else will fall into place.
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