True love isn't expressed in passionately whispered words an intimate kiss or a embrace; before two people are married, love is expressed in self-control, patience, even words left unsaid.
Every relationship for a Christian is an opportunity to love another person like God has loved us.
Intimacy without commitment, like icing without cake, can be sweet, but it ends up making us sick.
In the past, the starting point of my relationships was what Iwanted instead of what God wanted. I looked out for my needs andfit others into my agenda. Did I find fulfillment? No, I found onlycompromise and heartache. I not only hurt others; I also hurt myself,and most seriously, I sinned against God.
...for Christians typical dating can often be a swerver - an approach to relationships that wants to go in a different direction than the one God has for us.
I'm not saying dating is sinful, and I'm not saying a guy and a girl should never spend time alone together. I'm saying let's wait until we can be purposeful, so there's a reason behind our relationship, and we're not just stirring up passion for the sake of a good time.
We want to stay on the straight and narrow path and serve God, yet we continue a practice that often pulls us in the wrong direction.
Having a girlfriend was no longer my greatest need. Knowing and obeying Him was . I wanted to please Him in my relationships even if it meant looking radical and foolish to other people - even if it meant kissing dating goodbye.
Dating now is a lot like going shopping when you don't have any money. Even if you find the right thing, you can't do anything about it.
The joy of intimacy is the reward of commitment.