(Proverbs ) If your boyfriend can sexually “have his cake and eat it too,” where is his motivation for marriage?Don’t do the sexual acts of love outside of marriage or you will minimize the essence of love.In this chapter we’re going to look at the godly way to find a husband or wife.We’ll contrast the modern dating culture with godly dating practices.Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them.
Drunkenness Do Not Get Drunk Avoid Immorality Avoid Quarrels Avoiding Jealousy Affection, Evil Alcohol Sexual Chastitydrinking, abstention from Alcohol Abuse Sexual Aberrations Abstaining From Drugs Drunkenness, Results Chastity Sanctification, Means And Results Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.
You might find it helpful to know some of the beneficial opportunities in dating. (Some couples never get beyond eros.) The dating relationship might then move to a second love labeled phileo: affectionate love based on genuinely liking the other person—friendship.
And the third love is agape: unconditional love that seeks what is in the best interest of the other person. All relationships, dating and otherwise, should begin with agape, which means we seek the other’s highest good.
God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis for us!
Marriages are not only a basis for happiness, they offer us longer and better-quality lives.