Christian definition of dating

When you read most Christian dating books, one of the key pieces of counsel they provide is to “guard your heart.” They establish that guarding your heart is an essential component of correctly pursuing any dating relationship.The verse they generally appeal to is Proverbs , which says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” However, these generalized calls to guard your heart in the midst of dating fall short in three ways: How do you guard your heart?Marriage is a covenant between two equally yoked people.Society’s definition of marriage differs greatly from the Biblical definition of marriage.Sacrifice Marriage means sacrifice – of time, of your needs and of your own desires.Marriage is one of the ultimate sacrifices because you’re willingly giving of yourself for the rest of your life.

And that's totally okay by us because we're glad you're looking for biblical answers to these questions rather than trying to figure out the whole dating thing on your own or basing your actions on what the world tells you to do (2 Peter ).Marriage is not just two people who fell in love and got married; marriage is (1) a sacrifice, (2) a glorification of God’s image and (3) a mirror of Christ’s relationship with his church.When two people understand that marriage is the greatest commitment you can make to another human being, it makes for an exciting and lasting relationship.It begins with prayer to God (as Paul lays out in Philippians 4:6-7) and overflows into communication with the other person.In other words, the key to guarding your heart is to talk to God about the relationship before you talk to the other person about the relationship. First, hearts become unguarded when you move too fast in the relationship–becoming too vulnerable too quickly.