When you fall in love, it's natural to want to express your love in physical ways. But you also know God wants you to remain sexually pure—in both your actions and your thoughts. Sometimes it's a tough balance, but showing love for another while remaining pure is possible. Here are some suggestions:.
Where’s the Line?: Dating, Purity, and Sin
Why Purity Doesn't Just Mean Saving Yourself for Marriage
It took Brian, my husband, and me some time to grasp the idea of purity while we were dating. We had tasted the forbidden fruit for a number of years. Then I got to know Jesus in a new and powerful way as I recovered from an eating disorder. Brian eventually followed, and we knew things had to change. We had the difficult task of trying to figure out how to have a Christian dating relationship, living in the Garden of Eden, so to speak, right next to the tree but resisting the habit and compulsion of reaching for that fruit. How close to the forbidden tree can you get? Can you actually hold the apple in your hand but not taste it?
12 Guidelines for Dating Purity
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This movement was especially pronounced in the late '90s, aided by a book by Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye , published when he was just 21 years old. The book asks readers to consider a spiritual alternative to the secular practice of dating. Its massive popularity went on to directly and indirectly shape dating rules laid out by many evangelical parents, and in turn shape the relationships and habits of a generation of young evangelical readers. Twenty years later, many and somethings still feel the effect of growing up inside purity culture. In her book Damaged Goods: