A dating relationship is usually based only on what the dating couple presently knows about each other.In contrast, a Biblical courtship is based on what God knows about each partner and on His plans for their futures.It is a choice to wait for God’s best, for His glory.
If defrauding (stirring up desires that cannot be righteously satisfied) occurs, the couple can foolishly and tragically give away both emotional and physical affections that should have been reserved for a life partner.
Thus, in a dating relationship, frequently intimacy precedes commitment.
As they establish guidelines for their relationship, they can more easily recognize that God also holds them responsible to honor one another.
Receiving God’s grace and the support of others strengthens them to maintain their commitment to purity.
Courtship is a relationship between a man and a woman in which they seek to determine if it is God’s will for them to marry each other.
Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents or mentors, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.Since the boundaries of the relationship are self-determined, the couple may easily succumb to temptation and fail to consider their responsibility to honor each other in purity and genuine love.A couple participating in courtship seeks the accountability of their parents or other mentors.Men and women who choose to date often have no commitment to consider marrying the other person.Maturity and readiness for marriage are not considerations in the decision to date.Jesus gave this instruction with a promise: (Matthew ).