Maturity and readiness for marriage are not considerations in the decision to date.Instead, couples usually date with the selfish goals of having fun and enjoying romantic attachments.A couple participating in courtship seeks the accountability of their parents or other mentors.
“When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
Although the termination of a courtship most likely will be painful, damage and hurt—which can lead to bitterness—can be avoided.
The dating couple is merely attracted to one another in some way and often pursues an exclusive relationship that is independent of others’ influence or counsel.
Since the boundaries of the relationship are self-determined, the couple may easily succumb to temptation and fail to consider their responsibility to honor each other in purity and genuine love.
Instead of focusing on God’s pleasure, the couple is often looking for personal pleasure.