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The Bible talks about dating. It even mentions how a relationship in Christ should look like and be like. Dating is not like how the world paints it. It shouldn’t be perverted, twisted, dark, and temporary. The Lord wanted relationships to be pure, lovely, righteous, holy, and built on a foundation which is Christ Jesus.
How do we find a partner?
God has every moment of your life written in a book. He knows exactly when and where to place your perfect person. It’s especially important to wait for His timing! God’s timing is perfect and He knows exactly what kind of person you need in your life. If you go after people that you want without establishing yourself in Christ, you could be rushing into heartbreak! God wants you to wait for every good and perfect thing He has in store for you! God will provide; You simply have to seek His heart, first!
You: “I’ve already messed up!” – No, you didn’t.
It’s okay if you have made mistakes in the past, and you are seeking the Lord to make it right. Maybe you were physically hurt or molested or raped. Maybe you were emotionally or psychologically abused. Maybe you’ve had several partners or same-sex intimate relationships. God can redeem that for you! Your love story is not over!
You can go back to being pure and clean as long as you give your past to the Lord. Give your hurt and your shame to Jesus. He will wash you clean with His blood, remove the painful memories for good, and make you holy and pure again. Just ask Him to do so today.
God has someone for you!
Be encouraged, friend! You may feel lonely, but you are never truly alone. If you don’t have someone special in your life right now, lean on Jesus. If you feel like you have never had a godly relationship so far in life, but you’ve been used and abused, turn your eyes to Jesus.
Take advantage of this time that you have with Him! He wants you to grow in Him more through prayer and reading His Word. Dating Jesus first helps you to find your relationship standards for when your special someone does come into your life!
A Prayer for Starting New
Dear Lord Jesus,
I humbly give myself and this time to you. Forgive me of my past. Forgive me of the decisions I have made. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Lord, I ask that you break and remove any soul ties I may have with past relationships. I cover myself with your blood and command every piece of my heart taken from me to come back to me right now. I release anything – any behavior, sinful nature, thought patterns, or feelings – that do not belong to me and I command it to leave me now in the name of Jesus.
Lord, take me deeper into your heart, love, and truth. Show me who I am in your eyes. I want to be loved by you first, Jesus. You are my first love! You are my Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Lover, and Friend. Help me to abide in you. Complete the work you started in me, and bring me a man/woman who is after your heart! Thank you, Lord Jesus! Transform me daily into the person I was born to be. In Jesus mighty name! Amen!
Scriptures about Dating
2 Timothy 2:22 (TLB) – Keep away from people who only want to pervert you.
“Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”
2 Peter 1:6-7 (TLB) – Look for a godly person, who loves God first.
“Next, learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have his way with you. This will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and finally you will grow to love them deeply.”
1 Corinthians 5:11 (TLB) – Don’t date someone who “claims” to be a Christian.
“What I meant was that you are not to keep company with anyone who claims to be a brother Christian but indulges in sexual sins, or is greedy, or is a swindler, or worships idols, or is a drunkard, or abusive. Don’t even eat lunch with such a person.”
Proverbs 22:24 (TLB) – Stay away from people who have bad tempers.
“Keep away from angry, short-tempered men, lest you learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”
2 Thessalonians 3:6 (TLB) – Don’t date a lazy Christian!
“Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you.”
1 Peter 3:4 (TLB) – Look for someone who carries the heart & Spirit of God!
“Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God.”
Romans 15:5-6 (TLB) – Make sure you’re dating someone with a good attitude.
“May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.”
Romans 13:13 (TLB) – Avoid people who party, drink, and have sinful behaviors.
“Be decent and true in everything you do so that all can approve your behavior. Don’t spend your time in wild parties and getting drunk or in adultery and lust, or fighting, or jealousy.”
Philippians 2:1-2 (TLB) – Be there for each other! Build each other up!
“Is there any such thing as Christians cheering each other up? Do you love me enough to want to help me? Does it mean anything to you that we are brothers in the Lord, sharing the same Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic at all? Then make me truly happy by loving each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose.
Philippians 2:4 (TLB) – A relationship goes both ways! Support each other!
“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.”
1 John 3:3 (TLB) – Seek purity and innocence in your relationship. Keep it clean!
“And everyone who really believes this will try to stay pure because Christ is pure.”
1 Corinthians 6:13, 18 (TLB) – A relationship shouldn’t start off sexual. It can wait!
“But sexual sin is never right: our bodies were not made for that, but for the Lord…That is why I say to run from sex sin. No other sin affects the body as this one does. When you sin this sin it is against your own body.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (TLB) – It’s God’s heart that you wait to have sex. Wait till you say “I do.”
“For God wants you to be holy and pure and to keep clear of all sexual sin so that each of you will marry in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion as the heathen do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 (TLB) – Don’t date or marry someone who doesn’t love God.
“Don’t be teamed with those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin? How can light live with darkness? And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn’t believe?”
Genesis 2:18 (TLB) – God has someone special for you!
“And the Lord God said, ‘It isn’t good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs.'”
Proverbs 19:14 (TLB) – Ask the Lord for your significant other.
“A father can give his sons homes and riches, but only the Lord can give them understanding wives.”
Psalm 37:4 (TLB) – God cares for and gives you the desires of your heart!
“Be delighted with the Lord. Then He will give you all your heart’s desires.” “Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask Him!”