Spiritual intimacy in a dating relationship

"Dating" is not a relationship, it is a method people employ in our culture to get to know others of the opposite sex that was not employed in Biblical times.The Bible does not talk about "dating," but it does talk about relationships.Friendship involves three foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a friend, care and concern for the welfare of your friend, and affection.The word "friend" means someone you like who also likes you.This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.A second kind of relationship is “brother-sister in Christ.” If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have become children of God.God is our Father and other Christians are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Father deeply loves and desires that we show love to each other, that is seek each other's highest spiritual good.

Song of Songs gives a beautiful picture of the feelings and expression of romantic desire and attraction.A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman that binds them together for life.When a Christian marries he or she is making a commitment to fulfill the responsibility God ordains for the husband or wife to fulfill.He or she is making a commitment to have care and concern for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental welfare of his or her marriage partner.

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