Dating has changed dramatically over the decades, even within the Christian community. It used to be a slower process. Young adults took a deliberate approach to creating healthy relationships and seeking God’s will for marriage.
These days, everything is fast paced, driven by a culture that prioritizes instant gratification. Dating becomes a recreational activity instead of an opportunity to build a meaningful connection that endures across time and struggle.
Authors and married couple Safa and Tovares Grey believe dating is an opportunity for single adults to develop the character they’ll need to be godly partners in marriage.
The Greys are with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Aiming for a Godly Marriage in the Dating Years” to encourage Christian singles to develop a biblical framework for pursuing God’s design for marriage rather than settling for cultural expectations.
God has a better plan for dating and marriage than many couples realize. If you hope to be married someday, use this time in your life to become the kind of husband or wife you hope to be, so you can create a strong, godly marriage that will last a lifetime.
Galatians 5:22-23 is a good place to start in learning to love and serve each other well in dating and marriage relationships. When seeking marriage, single adults must work to end bad habits and form new ones that will benefit them and their future spouse.
And while you’re here, check out Boundless, Focus on the Family’s community for singles. Boundless encourages and equips 20- and 30-something singles in their personal relationships and in their journeys with God through podcasts and a thriving online community.
Safa and Tovares Grey’s book Godly Dating 101: Discover the Truth about Relationships in a World that Constantly Lies is available for a gift of any amount. Click here for more information or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).