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Dating can help build this foundation; but unless participated in wisely, dating can also prove disastrous.While each couple’s courtship will be different, here are several areas of building a friendship that Judy and I considered while we were preparing for our marriage.And that’s my desire and focus in this new place, to help you navigate the challenges of the the years through sharing thoughts and insights that have worked in my own life.I am only in my 6th year of marriage so it’s no head knowledge either – I am walking it out daily!First Thessalonians 4:1-8 admonishes us not to wrong or "defraud" our brother or sister by implying a marital level of commitment (through sexual involvement) when it does not exist.As I've discussed before, a broad (but sound) implication of this passage is that "defrauding" could include inappropriate emotional — as well as physical — intimacy.There is an attraction to each other and Christian singles immediately (or soon thereafter) think they have found their soul mate.Candidly, there is really little more in the Christian dating relationship during this stage than “physical attraction”. There is a temptation for Christian singles to begin saying, “I love you” during this fantasy stage. The emphasis should be upon enjoying each other’s company and building a FRIENDSHIP and refraining from going any further. After 2 to 3 months of this type of dating and it is mutually agreed, the Christian dating relationship can move into an exclusive dating arrangement.
It is a temptation to do so, but I suggest that it is actually unhealthy for the Christian dating relationship.Since we will be talking many things “early marriage” I thought it would be good to share a bit of my background, so that you understand what influences some of my thinking on this blog.My husband and I are Kenyans but currently live in United States Here’s a typical Friendship-to-Wedding journey, Kenyan-style.I know I have many readers and subscribers that are older in marriage.I pray that the tips and insights will refresh and refocus your journey too.