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A Fresh Look at Dating

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

If you’re single, have you applied that verse to your dating relationships and search for a godly spouse?

Many Christian singles seek the same things in a mate as non-Christian singles. They focus on whether or not they’re physically attracted, share common interests, enjoy each other’s company, or share chemistry.

Each trait has its place in a marriage, but none provide a relationship with the stability a couple needs to build a life together. None will carry a relationship through unemployment, a wayward child, or a cancer diagnosis.

An enduring marriage starts with the “why.” It comes from intertwining faith with your view of romance and relationship.

On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “A Fresh Look at Dating,” Gary Thomas describes the importance of how singles date and seek a mate like this:

“If you buy a house you don’t like, you can just move to another one. If you buy a car that’s a lemon, you trade it in for another one. You’ll take a financial hit, but you can count your losses and move forward. Marriage isn’t like that. It changes who you are. It becomes a part of your history, a part of your life. Entering marriage requires wise decision-making. It should be done thoughtfully, with your eyes wide open, with counsel, driven by the truth of Scripture.”

Gary provides answers to the “why” question on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “A Fresh Look at Dating.” Hear it on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.

I’d like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Gary Thomas’ book The Sacred Search as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. You’ll also receive member-exclusive benefits. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).

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