Don't allow peer pressure to force you into dating situations that are not appropriate. Ask yourself these questions: Are you patient with each other?
Realize that over 50% of girls and over 40% of guys never date in high school. The Bible tells us to be very careful about giving our affections, because our heart influences everything else in our life. This principle is closely related to the first one and is just as important in friendships as in dating.
Sometimes a misunderstanding can cause some serious issues down the line and may end what would have otherwise been a decent relationship...” (Fudge) ' - be consistent in the relationship – 100% spiritual / 100% of the time - statement from college male student / FC camp counselor: “If one has the focus on God and the other is just trying to hook up, there's a real incongruence issue...
A wife wrote complaining about her husband dancing with other women and made this observation: “I trust him, but I just don’t think God meant for a man and woman to rub their bodies together in slow dancing with anyone except their own spouses. ” (Kilgore Hearld News) 3 ' Avoid every form of fornication - 1 Cor.
-20 flee fornication (sexual immorality), bought with price, not your own, glorify God with body - illus.: Joseph when attacked by Potiphar’s wife – Joseph ran away, fled fornication ' - definitions: - "Fornication" denotes "illicit sexual intercourse" (Vine's) and includes adultery, homosexuality, and bestiality.
The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life 2.. Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character 3.. Although it is fine for Christians to have non-Christian friends, those who are especially close to our heart should be mature believers who are seeking to follow Christ with their lives. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?
Will there be any pressure to use alcohol or drugs? Many good intentions have been forgotten because the temptation and opportunity were too great.
Rita Hollingsworth: “Dancing is an exciting and pleasurable recreation as it affords a partial satisfaction of the sex impulse.