But this storm is as real and destructive as any of those we talked about above. Yeah, I know the Bible doesn't have the word "dating" in it. The way you do things now in your dating relationship will influence the way you react to the one you marry. Which leads us to our first principle on teen dating. God's Word clearly tells us to stay away from close relationships with unbelievers. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? Dating shouldn't mean "mini-marriage." You aren't really married, so don't act like it. If this isn't enough to convince you, then look at what the Bible says about it. If you look in your Bible...you'll notice I didn't quote verse one (1.) The reason...? You're "young adults." And some day, you're going to move out on your own..from under your parents authority..live your own life.
But as a teen, should you completely lose dating and find other "safer" options? The best and only place to go for good advice about teen dating is the Truth found in the Bible, the Word of God. or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Hurrying things won't help your dating relationship. And it seems to have the worst consequences in teen dating relationships. Sure it was in a different time..what if dinosaurs were still walking the earth when your parents were dating (just kidding! And they know more than you..matter what you think! If you've made a decision for Christ..should live for Him. You need to listen to His voice in all walks of life...including teen dating.
Our kids will be the better for it in the long run!Youth ministry meetings and events provide great opportunities for kids to work on their opposite sex relationships.We live in a world that gives us all kinds of messages about what true love is.The TV shows, movies and books we read all portray love in so many different ways. It seems the media loves to follow major flooding, snow storms and hurricanes as if death and destruction were the coolest thing around! No matter how troubling those stories are, we know God is in control of nature. Only doing what God tells us...obedience to the Bible..glorify Him. The next few days you'll notice many of the lessons cover a lot more areas of life than just dating. In your life...including your dating life..need to ask God first. That said...let's talk about some principles about teen dating. God talks about His close relationship with His people (v. I didn't mean for this to be "Intro to French." And that's not literally what that phrase means anyway. Stick with me.) these words carry the idea that government isn't to interfere in places it doesn't belong. Too many times I've seen teen couples with their hands all over each other..in public no less! Notice verse two talks about everyone having their own spouse. Some day he or she may become someone else's husband or wife. And it's quite clear in Exodus that God is talking to all people..just children. This is especially true while you're living with them and obeying them as well.
But first...a quick message from our commercial sponsor... Every relationship you have should first honor and glorify God. I'm talking about every aspect of your life should be based on biblical principles. It does talk about relationships though...including teen dating. Before you engage in physical contact...remember that the person you're becoming intimate with may not be your spouse. We find what Paul is talking about in Exodus which says... It's almost the same...right down to the promise at the end which Paul talks about in verse three in Ephesians. Honour doesn't necessarily mean "obey" like in verse one. No matter where you are in life..should always honor your parents. They even know a lot more than you do no matter what you think. When kids exclusively date at an early age, they set themselves up for easily breaking the "Purity Code".Youth workers and parents can help create a culture with teenagers that embraces the inclusive dating concept.The Bible gives us the best picture of what true love is.If you want to really understand what true love is, you will find it by reading your Bible. In the next few days...we'll look at a few helps on teen dating... ) Let me just share this little bit of advice with you again... Notice this covers everything not just teen dating... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. In fact the passage doesn't say anything at all about marriage. Don't get me wrong..long as you live with your parents... Verse two isn't just for children...it's for everybody..adults. When Paul wrote this, he was quoting from the Ten Commandments. He's put your parents where they are as your...parents!