God view of dating
" Don't date someone who claims to be a Christian but doesn't live it. "What I meant was that you are not to keep company with anyone who claims to be a brother Christian but indulges in sexual sins, or is greedy, or is a swindler, or worships idols, or is a drunkard, or abusive.
" Amos 3:3, NKJV says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?In a dating relationship don't be exclusive—care about others too. "Next, learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have his way with you. Don't keep looking at my sins—erase them from Your sight.This will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and finally you will grow to love them deeply." What to avoid on dates. "Be decent and true in everything you do so that all can approve your behavior. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.At the time, I was single and well on my way to my 30th birthday.The series generated hundreds of comments from readers who found themselves in a similar place.My theology on this will deeply affect the way I view my heavenly Father and His involvement in my life. One foundational truth about my singleness is God sees my need.Moments after creation, God takes a personal interest in Adam's lonely state.But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them.I said to myself, 'I will confess them to the Lord.' And You forgave me! Now I say that each believer should confess his sins to God when he is aware of them, while there is time to be forgiven. You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble!Mostly, I've been wondering to what extent He cares about it. Is my waiting period part of His plan or just a side-effect of a culture confused about marriage?There was a time when I believed that the Lord was carefully preparing and refining my future spouse and orchestrating the exact events that would bring us together. Is marriage a standard-issue arrangement ordained by God or is He interested in my specific choice? As I considered my current state of disillusionment with my former view, I thought it would be helpful to consider again some of the basic truths about God's purpose for and involvement in human relationships.