You see the magazines, TV shows, and movies that tell you how you’re young, and you should date a lot of people before you get married.
You see certain “role models” jumping from one dating relationship to another.
According to Genesis, a man will leave home to marry one woman to become one flesh.
You do not need to date a lot of people – just the right one. The word “love” is thrown around with little thought. We live for God’s love first and foremost, but we also live for the love of others.
This also means that you should avoid “missionary dating,” which is dating a non-believer in the hopes that you can convert him or her.
Your intentions may be noble, but the relationships rarely work out.
You should check your potential boyfriend against the values listed in 1 Corinthians. Go through the characteristics to measure your relationship.
Ask yourself if the two of you are patient and kind to one another. God is pretty picky on this one, and the Bible makes this issue very clear.
He is clear on whom you should date and why you should date.
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However, after this retreat, I’ve learned that I can’t waste my time doing what I’ve been doing lately because I want to help my fellow “comrades” (brothers and sisters in Christ) in Stage #4 and help “mentor” those in Stage 1-3 with the help of co-working with those in the stages (5 & 6) ahead!