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Dating and Engagement

Articles in Dating and Engagement provide clear Biblical teaching for navigating the challenges of building a strong foundation for dating, engagement and marriage. Discussions will include the roles of men and women, how to avoid temptation, intimacy before marriage, clarifying the needs of the other person and improving communication. We hope these personal stories and teaching will lead to a healthy, God-honoring relationship. We also want to help you get answers to questions like how to choose a spouse and how to be intentional about exploring expectations within marriage such as children, finances, families and sexual intimacy.

Should Christian Singles Have Lists?

Let all things be done decently and in order. — I Corinthians 14:40 (NKJV) Okay, let’s get this out in the open from the start. Yes, guys have lists. Gals have lists. Everyone has lists — or maybe they should. Recently, a lonely and distressed young lady shared her relationship frustration with me. When I asked what type of guy she was …

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Finally The Relationship I’ve Been Waiting For

In the middle of my desert, a miracle has bloomed. I’m still in shock. There are many days when Psalm 126:1 describes me perfectly: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” And then there are moments when the reality of God’s gift makes me weep. So far, what have I learned about myself, …

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I’m Not Guarding Your Heart — I’m Guarding Mine

I had been dating this woman for a couple of months. It was really good getting to know each other. We went on several dates, out for coffee, running, to the fair … it was nice. I was proud of myself because in the past, my boundaries had not been the greatest. I did a very good job at guarding …

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5 Keys To Loving Fearlessly

Each year around Valentine’s Day, thoughts are focused on love — on loving and being loved. And it’s usually not the “for God so loved the world” unconditional, sacrificial kind of love either. It’s the sappy, overwhelming, feel-good, affirming, affectionate, kissy-poo kind of love. Thoughts of tender moments and being held in the arms of someone who loves you dearly. …

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When You Treat Men Like Pests That Need Bug Spray

I was watching a video by Tyrese Gibson not too long ago where he was talking about the frustration men face when approaching women who automatically decide that they don’t want to be bothered without getting to know the man first. He likened it to women treating men like pests who need to be sprayed with bug spray. I never …

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2 Ways To Keep Expectations From Killing Relationships

Expectations (can) kill relationships. And I’m not just talking dating relationships. I’m talking about friendships and relationships with family members. Sadly, I’ve seen its effects in my own life. My childhood was spent in a toxic household that bled of unfulfilled expectations. My biological mother had expectations that my stepdad wouldn’t spend all of their money on booze every night. …

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4 Aspects 4 A Lasting Relationship: Part 7

We’ve previously looked at how relationships are more fulfilling when they involve interdependent compatibility of heart, mind, soul and body. Now let’s now pull it all together to solve the mystery of relationships. First Clue — Men as Husbands We find our first clue in Ephesians 5:25. A husband should love his wife the same way Christ loved the Church …

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Why Do People Stay In Unhealthy Relationships?

I had gotten used to living in the pit. Not only was I used to living there, but I started decorating. I painted the walls. I hung pictures. I made the pit a comfortable place to live. Feeling the trap of not knowing what else to do, she allowed herself to stay in the trenches of an unhealthy relationship. We exchanged …

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4 Aspects 4 A Lasting Relationship: Part 6

We’ve seen how our spirits, minds, and souls affect our relationships. Now let’s get physical and discover how God intends for our bodies to interact in relationships. Your body is the temporary physical address where your spirit, mind, and soul reside. You use your body in your worship of God, your service to God, and your physical interaction with other …

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When You’re In A Relationship Of Convenience

“He married someone else!” she yelped in between sobs. “And I gave him everything. I gave him everything, and he still married someone else!” I didn’t know what to say to this young woman who had confided in me, so I just put my arms around her and let her cry for a few moments. I couldn’t imagine what it …

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