God-Centered Relationships - What does this mean?•
Posted on January 23 2023
When it comes to dating, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and adrenaline of it all. But, having a God-centered approach to dating is crucial in order to make sure that we're making the best decisions for ourselves and our future.
This is where the book "Dating with Purpose" by Shireen Louw comes in, it provides a biblical perspective on dating and helps readers understand how to make decisions that align with God's will for their lives.
One important aspect of a God-centered approach to dating is understanding our own values and goals. This means taking the time to really evaluate what's important to us and what we're looking for in a partner. By having a clear understanding of our own values and goals, we can better navigate the dating world and make sure that we're making choices that align with what's truly important to us.
Another important aspect of a God-centered approach to dating is being intentional in our relationships. This means being proactive in seeking out potential partners, rather than just waiting for someone to come into our lives. It also means being open to God's guidance and direction, and being willing to let Him lead us in our relationships.
One of the most powerful verses in the Bible on the topic of relationships is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This verse reminds us that when we trust in God and submit to His will, He will guide us and lead us in the right direction. It also reminds us that we should be putting our trust in Him, rather than relying on our own understanding and abilities.
It's important to remember that God has a plan for our lives and that includes our relationships. By having a God-centered approach to dating, we can trust that He will lead us to the right person at the right time. It also means being open to the possibility that the person we think is "the one" may not be the person God has for us. It's about surrendering control and trusting in His plan for our lives.
In addition to following God's guidance, it's also important to surround ourselves with a supportive community, whether that's a church group, accountability partners, or a group of friends who share similar values. This can provide valuable guidance and support as we navigate the dating world.
It's also important to remember that while dating can be exciting and fun, it's not the end-all-be-all. Our ultimate goal should be to glorify God in all aspects of our lives, including our relationships. By keeping Him at the center of our dating lives, we can trust that He will lead us on the path that's best for us.
In conclusion, dating with purpose means understanding our own values and goals, being intentional in our relationships, surrendering control and trusting in God's plan for our lives and surrounding ourselves with a supportive community. The book "Dating with Purpose" by Shireen Louw is a great resource to help guide you on your journey towards a God-centered approach to dating. Remember that God's timing is perfect, and trust that He will lead you to the person He has for you at the right time. Keep an open heart and mind and always put God first in your dating life.
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