Christian dating principle
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place.
We made our expectations clear, gave them specific guidance and principles (not just rules), and told them we’d be asking them if they were living up to these standards.
This deepened our relationship, opened communication and created healthy accountability.
However, God requires us to address the subject in keeping with his intentions and requirements, not the world’s.
He warns us not to talk about sex in any inappropriate context: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Though there were sometimes nervous jitters as family members (and especially the young men) anticipated these sessions, in each case the time together was strategic, encouraging and rewarding.
Having consistently practiced this when they were dating, it was impossible for us and for our daughters to imagine them dating a young man without first openly addressing with him all the principles that follow.
Until we had gone over these principles together (my wife and I, our daughter and the boy) and made sure there was complete agreement, we didn’t allow a dating relationship to begin.
We found that this was a great help not only to our daughters but also to the young men who wanted to date them.