We see the failed attempts around us, but we refuse to replace this cart called dating.
We want to stay on the straight and narrow path and serve God, yet we continue a practice that often pull us in the wrong direction.
We’d rather play it safe and enjoy the benefits of emotional intimacy without any of the risk of a formal engagement. Well, there are several problems with dating without a clear goal of marriage. Women are much more likely to want clear commitment.
Second, the longer you date someone, and the more emotionally heated your relationship grows, the more opportunity you create for temptation to sexual sin.
Now, the world has no problem with this, and the vast majority of couples engage in sexual activity before marriage. It is worth endangering your immortal soul, as well as that of your girlfriend, just because you don’t feel ready for marriage.
Eric and Jennys dating relationship had started out innocently? Soon afterward they broke up, discouraged and hurt. But both came to him separately and expressed emotional trauma and guilt over past memories. Some of us had made the same mistake or watched it happen in the lives of our friends. We wanted the pastor to tell us what we were supposed to do instead.
The pastor telling the story saw both of them years later at a high school reunion. When I see him, I remember it all so vividly, Jenny cried. When I see her, the hurt comes back, he told his former youth pastor. When the youth minister had finished telling this story, you could have heard a pin drop. But he gave no alternative that afternoon, Evidently the pastor thought the couple's only mistake was giving in to temptation.
For years now, I’ve had an interested in World War II.
I especially love reading first hand accounts of battle from the heroic and courageous men who fought in this war, such as those contained in books by Marcus Brotherton and Stephen Ambrose.Giving young people this kind of advice is like giving a person a cart that swerves and sending him into a store stocked with the worlds most expensive Chinaware.Despite the narrow aisles and glass shelves laden with delicate dishes, this person is expected to navigate the rows with a cart known to go off course? Yet this is exactly what we try in many of our relationships.No, they were more than ready for the responsibility of marriage and family.And they went looking for a wife, not a girlfriend.He seemed to think that Eric and Jenny should have had more respect for each other and more self-control.