Join a small group, not just a group of single Christians but one actively on mission together.Get plugged into a ministry in your church that’s engaging the lost in the local community.The only thing worth dating for is a marriage—a lifelong, life-on-life love like Jesus’s love for us.Nothing else is worth all the risks we take when we begin to share our heart with someone else.Intimacy is the prize of marriage and not of our not-yet-married relationships—intimacy is never safe anywhere outside of a covenant. But it will cover every forgiven sin and cast it as far as the east is from the west, into the very deepest, most hidden and forgotten parts of the sea (Mic. SEE ALSO: 5 Gifts I’ve Found in My Singleness Your past sexual sin cannot overcome the sovereign love displayed for you at the cross, and it cannot keep you from pure, blameless, and everlasting joy.Grace doesn’t undo the sins we’ve committed, but it redeems them and makes them work for our good. That is, if you will believe in the one who took on your sin for you, even your sexual sin, and if you repent and pursue his purity by his grace in his strength. You bought the gifts, made the memories, and dreamed your dreams together—and it fell apart.
In all your dating, keep your last first date in mind.
Instead of making marriage your mission, make it God’s global cause and the advance of the gospel where you are, and look for someone pursuing the same.
If you’re hoping to marry someone who passionately loves Jesus and makes him known, it’s probably best to put yourself in a community of people committed to that.
For believers in Jesus, the importance and allure of matrimony ought to be deeply spiritual, missional, and eternal.
SEE ALSO: 10 Things You Should Know about being Single So many people have tried to find ultimate happiness, significance, or ultimate belonging in the arms of a man or a woman.