It’s important to remember that though dating should never be used for the purpose of bringing others to know Jesus, it’s still a chance to encourage and uplift those we come into contact with.Healthy interactions with others will leave us with little regrets, no matter what the long term outcomes.

In fact, I have to chuckle to myself whenever someone asks me to give a “biblical” perspective on dating.

Not only is there nothing said about the topic, but the concept of dating didn’t even exist in biblical times.

It’s easy to include God in our spiritual lives, but why not include Him in our relational world as well?

We are encouraged again and again through God’s word to bring our needs, concerns, and desires to Him (Matthew 7:7).

Type the word “dating” into your bible search tool and what comes up? When I was single, I remember wishing there was an entire book of the bible dedicated to the topic, or at least even a chapter.

But though Scriptures are filled with foundational life-changing truths, there are still some topics that are left untouched when it comes to finding a biblical perspective.

But God had much more in mind with romance than orgasms or even procreation, and so should we. When people in the world are expecting less and less of each other in dating, God isn’t — so among the single we have to work harder in our not-yet married relationships to preserve what marriage ought to picture and provide.

Nothing in my life and faith has been more confusing and spiritually hazardous than my pursuit of marriage. Maybe you’ve wanted the relationship or liked the guy or girl, and you’ve never had the chance.

Though the bible doesn’t talk directly about dating, it does speak volumes about relationships, godly interactions, and principles that can be applied to how you date.

In fact, a portion of my book, (Zondervan, 2013), is dedicated to examining how to apply these principles to real-life situations.

Even today in the cultures of the Middle East, dating is a relatively new concept.