Christianity is the largest religion in the world, having more than 2 billion believers or practitioners worldwide. However, despite the large number of Christians all over the world, finding a partner for a meaningful or lifetime relationship isn’t necessarily effortless. This doesn’t mean that finding the right Christian partner has to be unnecessarily difficult either. Here is some Christian dating advice to keep in mind when looking for someone compatible with your beliefs and personality.
Know what you’re looking for. Are you searching for a lifetime partner? Perhaps you’re just getting into the dating scene again and therefore aren’t really thinking that far into the long term. The important thing is to be honest with yourself about what you really want and need, and be honest about communicating your preferences with others. Doing so reduces the risk of disappointment further on.
Communicate effectively. Keeping communication channels open is paramount, and the same holds true when it comes to Christian dating advice. How you communicate can lead to how you treat each other, no matter whether you’re just at the beginning of the relationship or already in a deeply committed one. Keeping in mind what the Scriptures say about communicating with each other and treating others is like a helpful code of conduct.
Establish boundaries. This is actually a part of the ongoing communication process, and it’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially in the early stages of the getting-to-know-you process. Since there are so many Christian denominations, it’s only natural that one’s beliefs may not jibe 100 percent with another person’s beliefs. This shouldn’t be seen as something that could irrevocably hinder the growth of a relationship, since differences in points of view can lead to a healthy dialogue and a learning experience. However, knowing and communicating issues that you have a firm stand on (such as physical intimacy, the observation of religious traditions, etc.) will help avoid misunderstanding and pave the way to a smoother relationship.
Talking with your church’s minister, or Christian friends and relatives is a great way to learn more about dating other Christians. Reputable dating sites on the Internet, such as The Christian Cafe, are also rich resources for Christian dating advice.