Be patient while dating a lady

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All singles who profess Christ and aspire to marriage — even as a possibility — have this responsibility (even outside this area of life, we should all be trying to grow in Christ). If you're already sure of that basic answer, are you a growing and mature Christian?

Are you generally humble and teachable, and do you respect authority?

As I've written on this site before, "practice" and "recreation" are not good reasons to date.

Dating is for the purpose of finding a marriage partner.

Humble openness to accountability is essential to a godly relationship. It's not exhaustive coverage, I realize, but this should at least get your relationship started on broad principles.

Finally, let me advocate the initiating of a relationship under some accountability structure.

I mentioned the woman's father or family because until the second half of the 20th century, that's largely how it was done.

Ladies, this doesn't mean that you have to cut your would-be suitor off mid-sentence, take off running and shout your father's (or whomever's) name and phone number over your shoulder as you go.

It may mean that you explain to him that before you are willing to go out with him, he needs to meet person or couple X and discuss it with them or with the two of you.

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