But if we care about God, our witness, our ex, and our future significant other, we’ll wait, pray, and date patiently and carefully.
It’s too easy to leave a trail of wounded people behind in our pursuit of a partner.
As people come closer, and we need this in true Christian community, our sin inevitably becomes more dangerous.
If you are trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of your sin and striving to follow him and his word, God has never abandoned you, and he will never abandon you.
God didn’t take a break from loving you in your breakup — even if you’re the reason it’s over. There’s a unique shame and brokenness associated with breakups.
The pain cuts deeper and lingers longer than most pain young people have felt in their lives. It’s one of the hardest things for me to write or speak about: the pain of intimacy that fell short of matrimony.
Breakups in the church are painful and uncomfortable, and many of us have or will walk this dark and lonely road. God engineered romance to express itself in fidelity and loyalty — in oneness (Genesis ; Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:2–13).
It’s a lie to think that you’re not moving toward marriage if you’re not dating someone right now.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your future spouse is to not date.
Knowing and embracing God’s design for permanence in marriage and dating will help us feel appropriately, but it will also help us take healthy next steps in our pursuit of marriage.
One of the worst and most popular mistakes is moving on to the next one too soon.
This doesn’t mean every dating relationship should end in marriage, but it does mean breakups will hurt.
Sorrow in the midst of the severing is not only appropriate, but good. God created you to enjoy and thrive in love that lasts, like Christ’s lasting love for his bride.
The relationship may be over because of a specific character flaw or failure.