Bible verses about dating and courtship

Did you know there are no strict guidelines in the Bible about dating or courtship?

Yes, many Christians have strong feelings about one versus the other, and many Christians are embracing purposeful courtship and “kissing dating goodbye” as Pastor Joshua Harris said in his debut book, but the Bible doesn’t specifically address the period of relationship before marriage. However, how we enter the betrothal period, whether through dating or courtship, is pretty much up to us – and the Holy Spirit of course!

Yes, the Bible does warn about fornication, men not even touching a woman and taking fire into one’s bosom (1 Cor. Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting learned this during premarital counseling when their pastor told them the decision to save their first kiss for the wedding day was not something the Bible mandated.

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The Word provides many examples of godly and ungodly relationships for our spiritual growth.

Conjunction of spirits within God's divine oneness.

Communications of minds within a context of considerate understanding. Connection of emotions within a context of compassionate love.

Yes, ask all of the hard questions, but don’t get so focused on interviewing the person that you don’t take time to fellowship and grow in the Lord together. He may use the other person to grow you or vice versa. Guard your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you throughout the relationship.

The Bible says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another” (Proverbs NRSV). Lauren Jones (@revlaurelj) is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves in the Columbia, SC metropolitan area.

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