By Anna Radchenko, Contributing Writer
Communication is an important aspect of any relationship. Whether it be professional, with your spouse, children, or friendships, communication is key to establishing a positive, growing relationship.
Especially when beginning to enter dating/courting relationships, predetermining your intentions is the first thing that should be done. Are you ready for a marriage relationship? Do you want to get to know this person better just to have fun, or in hopes of a committed relationship that leads to marriage?
If you want to glorify God in your dating/courting relationships, you should ask yourself what your intentions are for entering one in the first place. God desires intimate man and woman relationships to be in the confines of marriage. If marriage isn’t your goal, than neither should be developing a dating relationship.
“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ . . . Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:18,24, ESV)
Once you’re at a place in your life where you’re ready for marriage, and are prayerfully seeking who would glorify God as your spouse, it is essential that both yourself and the other person clearly communicate your intentions. If one person is hoping for marriage, and the other isn’t ready for that step, than neither of you are ready to be in a relationship with each other. God’s timing is perfect. When two people prayerfully consider each other as a future spouse, God will make His will known.
Trust God. Ask yourself what your intentions are in a dating relationship. Communicate your intentions clearly when starting to get closer to another person. Lastly (yet most important), keep praying for God’s will in that relationship until the moment you say, “I do.”