Courting not dating
As God’s direction to pursue courtship is confirmed through the man’s authorities, through insights from God’s Word, and through prayer, he should contact the woman’s father to request permission to initiate the courtship.
Only when the woman’s father has given the man his blessing to enter into a courtship relationship with his daughter is the man free to focus on winning her affections.
Understand the importance of the decision you are making regarding marriage, and establish commitments about your relationships prior to entering a courtship.
Until you are ready for marriage, ask God to lead you in developing friendships with Godly men and women, but do not try to win the affections of those friends.
Even if family lives far away, make the effort for potential future spouses and the families involved to get to know each other well.
Family members will have a significant role in any marriage relationship, and their support throughout the years is an important component of a successful family.
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Ideally, you should be able to look back at your courtship without shame or fear, confident that you honored God and each other.
If you don’t settle this issue temptations come, inevitably you will make choices that you will regret.
As you choose to carefully guard against inappropriate emotional attachment and physical intimacy, you can avoid much heartache and pain, particularly if the relationship does not culminate in marriage.
If the courtship relationship lead to marriage, you will discover the great rewards of being faithful and self-sacrificing to one another.
Guard your heart so that you don’t ignite passions that should be reserved only for marriage.
Their mentors should guide the couple, helping them keep on track and stay focused on the goals of a Biblical courtship.