Difference between courting and dating
Often, these courtships led to successful marriages that lasted lifelong.
Fast forward to today’s dating scene and we see surface-level connections, one night stands, and high divorce rates.
If we put Him and His law above anything else in our life, then He knows that we will be better equipped to both date and court with great integrity.
God calls us to first establish a strong relationship with Him, before any other.
It is a more uncertain relationship, without a clear intention to be married.
In contrast, dating is pursuing non-believers and including sex in your relationship before marriage.
He will then guide our steps, both as we seek a marriage partner, and always. This prevents a women in selling her body and a man buying it.
Furthermore it forces both man and women into bringing actual substantive qualities to the table rather than superficial charms and lust fulfillment.
Instead of enjoying their teen years as they build skills and character, they are getting distracted into the quagmire of relationships that they are not equipped to conduct.
The teen years are those where they have the fewest responsibilities at the same time as having their greatest energy level. They should be an opportunity to develop a deep, intimate and personal walk with God, establishing themselves as young warriors who know the Father and have overcome the evil one (1 John ).