No matter where we are or who we are with, above all else we are called to reflect God’s love, encouraging and uplifting those around us (1 Thessalonians ).It’s important to remember that though dating should never be used for the purpose of bringing others to know Jesus, it’s still a chance to encourage and uplift those we come into contact with.The process of meeting a spouse had very little to do with compatibility and personality traits, and everything to do with family lineage and economic status.Finding a mate functioned a lot more like a bartering system than dinner and a movie.Dating well means that we make sure to honor and respect this portion of our future marriage by setting physical limits and boundaries when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex.It’s easy to include God in our spiritual lives, but why not include Him in our relational world as well?
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty awkward first date to me.It’s time to take the pressure off of trying to date “biblically,” and instead see the entirety of our interactions with others as an opportunity to connect with God, to become our best, and reflect Him to the people He brings into our lives. True Love Dates(Zondervan, 2013), challenging young men and women to do dating in a way that is psychologically sound, emotionally healthy and spiritually grounded. Becoming more like Christ sets us up for interactions with others that reflect love, healing, and wholeness.I don’t know about you, but I say that’s a step in the right direction when it comes to dating well. God’s word reminds us of the importance of connecting with people who are in line with our spiritual life (2 Corinthians , 1 Corinthians ).