My parents have reminded me since I was a young girl that they
often pray for the man I will end up with. I never truly understood
why they did this.
I thought it was my decision who I dated, married or if I decided
to stay single. I dated who I wanted and I dated too young, but I
was naïve. It seemed like fun and games, spending time with my
boyfriend, going out to eat, having double dates, texting all day
You can be blinded by the fun and not realize the hole you’re slowly
digging yourself into. It could be months before you find out this
person is not a believer. And then what happens?
Your first thought may be, like me, “I am a strong believer and will
not let the opinions of my significant other diminish my beliefs.”
Unfortunately, no matter how strong your faith may be, the Bible
says very clearly in 1 Corinthians 15: 33, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad
company corrupts good character.’ ”
In other cases, people believe they can do “missionary dating”
which is exactly what it sounds like. Date someone who is not of
your belief system, but believe you can change that. Sometimes
this interaction does work, and I think that would be amazing to
fall in love with someone while teaching them to also love Jesus.
But I believe that loving Jesus comes first, and the Apostle Paul
writes that we must not be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers ( 2
Corinthians 6: 14).
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