Whether you’re meeting for your second date, or an engagement looms around the corner, you’ll want to know if who you’ve paired yourself with will help your spiritual growth, opposed to hinder or detract from it.
Christian dating can come with a number of frustrations. The size of the dating pool shrinks significantly when we take into factor that our potential future spouse needs to love the Lord, have a personal relationship with Him, and emboldens us to grow in our own relationship with God.
Granted, yes, we can already avoid dating those who do not yet know God as their personal Savior (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Such relationships can lead to pain for both partners. After all, Christians need to place God at the center of everything, including marriage and dating. If the other partner does not do the same, they will struggle to maintain anything healthy under this major difference of doctrine.
But what about when we date other Christians? Surely our only criteria for dating shouldn’t be if he or she knows the Lord as their personal Savior.
Before you go on that next date or say yes to a proposal, make sure to evaluate the following criteria for a healthy yoking—and down the road—a healthy marriage.Photo Credit: ©