Christian dating and patience
The social practice of dating is one area that, if we are not careful and consciously working to keep it on a godly plane, can quickly fall into a worldly cycle, complete with all the pitfalls.Characteristics of Worldly Dating So, how does the world around us measure up to our responsibility to date God’s way?Today’s young people are raised in a world that is morally lacking and sexually tolerant (.)—a perspective that can impact singles of all ages in the Church.Thanks to media, technology and music, no region of the world is safe from the declining morals that dramatically affect modern dating behavior. The concept that “it is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts ) is a foreign concept in Satan’s end-time world, and far too many are motivated by the selfish notion of “get.” Today, many individuals feel an emotional void and go looking for a relationship to fill it (get).And with no plan or purpose behind it, the relationship takes on a life of its own.Then, while the relationship rapidly intensifies, more meaningful communication and deeper awareness occur.This more thoughtful analysis reveals incompatibility factors, character flaws, and a lack of common vision and purpose between the two individuals.But because the relationship is grounded on attraction and physical intimacy, there is little to hold it together and a “break-up” often results, followed by heartache and emotional pain.
Often, the end-goal in dating today is not to “give” to another person or even find a mate, but instead to fill one’s personal needs of loneliness and greed.
The Apostle Paul made it clear that God wants us to live in a way that is “different” from the world around us—walking in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
And Christ’s revelation through John admonishes us to also be separate from the sinful world we live in (Revelation 18:4).
Our “throw-away-society” even results in “discarding” a dating partner when there is no more use for him or her.
Heartache and dejection are so commonplace in the worldly dating scene that they are basically expected to be a “natural” part of the average person’s dating experience.