Today, the world celebrates Valentine’s Day and many persons will be looking forward to date night and all the gifts and trimmings that come with it. Some persons may be single and will spend today looking longingly at their friends who have plans for tonight.
If that’s you I want to remind you that even in your single state God can and will use you if submit to His leading. While you’re waiting for the partner you may be praying for, I’d like to present seven godly dating principles which I shared on my friend Shanique’s blog this week.
If someone were to ask you if you were letting God guide your relationship, what would you say? Would you smile and avoid answering? Or, would you be able to say you have surrendered your relationship to God? Do you even know how to have a godly relationship?
A godly relationship is one in which God is in control. Your finances, spiritual life, sexual and physical health are submitted to God.
Financial: What do you spend money on? God blesses us so we can share with others, including the widows and the orphans (James 1:27). What we choose to spend our money on has a lot to do with honoring God.
Spiritual: How much time do you spend with God? We were created to give glory to him. We honor him spiritually when we make it a priority to read and study his word. We should also spend time communicating with God through prayer.
Physical: How often do you exercise? What do you put in your body? Our bodies are temples of the living God. How we treat our bodies has a lot to do with the respect we have for him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Sexual: Engaging in premarital sex does not please God. Some men will tell you that if you are not willing to have sex with them, they will not pursue a relationship with you.
When you decide to let God guide your relationship, you may find that your options for a partner dwindle considerably. But as Christians, we must surrender every aspect of our lives to him–including our relationships.
Before we can set biblical dating boundaries, we have to accept that letting God guide our relationships is a good thing. Popular culture teaches a “me first” mentality. Everything should be done because it feels good or makes us happy. But this teaching is in direct opposition to what God says.
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