That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to the topic of dating, finding a spouse, and getting married. After this column, you have my word that I'll spend the next several months answering your questions (that is, when I have answers). I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).
That doctrine is called the sufficiency of Scripture.
Physical attraction is trumped by the pure love of God that couples can show one another.
True love is willing to wait and patiently allow the relationship to grow in God’s timing.
Finding Strength in Submission Verse: Philemon 1:1–25 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.
Now Paul was sending the slave back to his master, urging Philemon to receive Onesimus, not as mere property, but as a brother. Both possibilities and a variety of others enter a marital relationship. Sometimes, like goats poised for battle on a mountain trail, we come close to butting heads. Sometimes we sit together and lovingly hash things out.Instead of butting heads with Philemon, Paul extended a hand of love. What is helpful and healthy in good relationships is honesty.Not just truthfulness that blurts out every last thought, but self-awareness that is not deceptive.One of the prime sources of drama is when you have students dating each other within the ministry. I met my wife in the student ministry and there are numerous others who share that same story.After all, there are worse places that people could meet each other to begin a relationship.