To live a God-centered life is to put Jesus first, above all else. Christianity brings us so many gifts, and one of those gifts is the knowledge of how to keep the love of Jesus at the center of our lives.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6.33
The happiest Christian dating couples view their romantic involvement as a way to demonstrate their commitment to Christ. Tim Tebow of Denver Broncos fame says, ““It’s attractive when girls have faith. That is a big thing for me.” For true Christians, a relationship without faith at its core cannot succeed.
While we may not marry the first person we date, or even the first person we fall in love with, Christian dating involves the search for the person that Christ has intended for us.
Look at the happiest married couples, and you will find a man and a woman who share a commitment to living as Christ taught. Concerns about liking the same foods or cheering the same football teams are eclipsed by shared worship and shared faith.
For many Christian dating couples, dealing with passion and sexual desire is a great challenge. This is when respect for the Lord leads to mutual respect, one of the pillars of an enduring relationship.
Women and men alike must also respect the power of sexual temptation. The desire to give way to passion can seem irresistible at times for some individuals. For Christian dating couples, resisting this temptation is as an act of worship, and a gesture of respect in a greater sense for the Lord.
Premarital sex is actually a sin against each other. This is why Paul writes in I Corinthians 7:2:
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife and every woman have her own husband.
God clearly blesses the physical union after holy marriage.
Showing respect for each other by resisting temptation is a part of your God-centered life. Remember the words of James:
But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
As simple as this may sound, putting God above all else will bring you the needed strength to resist temptation and show respect during Christian dating, or after marriage. For couples working together to discover the path to enduring love, family, and salvation, it is the only Christian dating advice that makes sense.
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