Biblical dating navigating the early stages of a relationship
It's frustrating. You've met a good guy and the two of you seem to have quite a bit of chemistry. He's showing up, planning dates, and putting in effort, and you start to imagine what it would be like to be in a relationship with this guy. But, after a few weeks or months, you notice that he doesn't seem to be as connected to you. You thought he was starting to open up to you, when suddenly he feels distant. You start to wonder if he's really even interested in you anymore.
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Like anything else in life worth having, relationships take work. Some couples successfully weather the storms that inevitably arise, while others simply drift apart. When it comes to coupling, there is no instruction manual. Remember that old playground mantra: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes so and so and a baby carriage?
There are all kinds of advice out there about dating today, but a lot of it is about dating in the world rather than Christian dating. Christians need to have a different attitude toward dating. However, even among Christians, there are differences as to whether you should or should not date.
When it comes to an exclusive commitment, it should definitely be a mutual decision. Both parties should focus on appreciating each other and finding excitement in the journey ahead. If this stage is full of doubt and uncertainty and dull resentment, it may be a bad sign. Truthfully, the most seamless way to move from the awkward pre-commitment stage and into the full-out exclusive stage is to wait. The best thing to do is simply to let him know that you are the kind of girl to whom he should commit.