Dating or courtship
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.(See II Corinthians 5:7, Psalm , Romans , Psalm 13, and I John 4:8.)Because each individual, family, and set of circumstances is unique, each courtship will be unique.While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.When you only are allowed to get to know someone with your parents or a chaperone present, you get to know the Sunday best of the person.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
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.
(See Proverbs 3:5–7.)Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.
It is a choice to not emotionally give away your heart, piece by piece, to many others through casual dating relationships and instead to give your whole heart to your life partner.
(See Proverbs , .)The potential for a young person's heart to be broken, and for there to be great pain is there in a courtship just as it is in dating.