Biblical teaching on dating and courtship
No one foolishly commits himself to play a game without knowledge of the rules that determine its success or failure.Yet millions of young men and women take these same unbelievable risks when it comes to marriage.Marriage is a permanent relationship as attested by the words of our Lord Jesus, What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:6b, Mark 10:9).It is also intended to be a harmonious partnership: And they twain shall be one flesh (Matthew 19:6a, Mark 10:8a).Here headship is not in the sense of being the boss of the show, nor does it mean that his is the masters voice in all matters, but in the sense of being a spiritual leader, directly in responsibility to God who is your Head.
The husband and wife relationship is the closest, the most intimate of all human relationships for it is likened to the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians -33).Was there ever a time when the true church felt that it did not want to be subject to Christ?Was there ever a time when Christ, the Head of the church, ruled and governed His flock like a ruthless tyrant?J Allan Petersen, in his preface to the book Before You Marry, writes: No sane person would ever leap blindfolded over an unknown cliff with nothing but a hope that it would prove to be a good decision.
No wise person would commit himself to life in a strange land without knowing something about what to expect and the difficulties he would inevitably face.
Sometimes when we look at all the pain and hurt in the world, it seems like God doesn’t care about what we’re going through.