Realize that over 50% of girls and over 40% of guys never date in high school.The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating.In your teen's world, getting "asked out" may mean cementing an exclusive relationship after weeks of "talking" online, texting, or Facebooking.Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.Exclusivity and intentionality are ancient rituals, things of the past, and misplaced hopes. It’s not that this new line of thinking is necessarily untrue today, or that it’s not the current and corrupt trend of our culture. One of our most precious pursuits, that of a lifelong partner for all of life, is tragically being relegated to tweets, texts, and snaps, to ambiguous flirtation and fooling around. Therefore, only he can prescribe the purpose, parameters, and means of our marriages.If fullness of life could be found in sexual stimulation, or if it was just a matter of making babies, the “forget formality and just have sex” approach might temporarily satisfy cravings and cause enough conception.Thankfully, God is still stronger than the world, and He wants to protect your teen in the midst of temptation.Good news: Your teenager can maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships. You have the power to redefine dating for your teenager, using strategies that can help you and your teen to navigate relational waters.
Now, think about your teenager - and forget everything you know about dating. It’s perfectly healthy to forgive, but it’s not OK to be unwise. When it comes to making up, don’t misunderstand me.This article isn’t meant for Bonnie and Clyde couples headed for jail.Rather, I’ll cut to the chase and zone in on those of you caught up in one of the more deceptive, yet prevalent sin in the dating world. It feels so right, and you have every excuse in the world to continue.If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then 1 Corinthians 13 says that you truly have a loving relationship.