1. Submit Your Desires to the Lord
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"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
One of the most important things to remember when dating is not to allow the relationship to become an idol. Guard your heart and keep your focus on the Lord first and foremost. When we are following Him, other things in our lives—including the desires of our hearts—tend to fall into place. This isn’t a magic formula, but rather, a submission of our desires to the Lord as an act of trust and surrender.
2. Don't Hang around Temptation
“For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.” (Proverbs 7:6-10, 22-23)
Purity in dating is crucial to our walk with the Lord and the well-being of our relationships. Couples who participate in sexual intimacy before the covenant of marriage are in sin. This isn’t an arbitrary rule of God to keep us from having fun, but rather to protect us physically and emotionally as we grow and learn about a potential spouse. Sexual intimacy bonds a couple and blinds them to red flags in each other’s character. It creates a false sense of security that will eventually shatter. It’s not worth it—and it grieves the Holy Spirit.
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