Dating is a part of our life that should not just be taken for granted and even neglected. Dating should be planned ahead, worked on and prayed for. This phase is our preparation for our marriage and a lifetime commitment with our partner.
Dating may be a very joyful and exciting part of our lives, but always remember that there are things that should be considered. Read these rules in Christian dating and experience the fullness of this phase with the Lord.
1. Love the Lord your God above anything else.
Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” (Matthew 22: 37)
That’s always true even in your dating. You should love God above anything or anyone else. You should always put God first then everything, which includes your future wife/husband. You could not truly love anyone else if you can’t love God first. The first take we take on dating is our first step towards God.
2. Lean hard on people who know you best, love you most and are willing to tell you when you’re wrong.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4: 11 – 13)
After applying the first rule in dating, the golden rule in dating would be this. This can also be true in your daily walk in life. For most of the people, dating can separate us from other significant relationships we have in life. We have more time with our girlfriend or boyfriend and less time with our friends and families. But I tell you, these people are important in this phase you’re in.
So do not isolate yourself, instead, draw them in your dating, include them and communicate with them. Only those people who love you the most and has an intimate relationship with Christ would tell you when you’re wrong. Cherish those people.