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1. Do you believe in Jesus?
A very basic principle to keep your future marriage and your relationship with God out of spiritual danger: date a believer.
2 Corinthians 6:14 says: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" (NIV)
2. Wait for God to send you the right person
Although finding a wife or receiving a husband can sometimes take a long time, God says in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you..." So wait for God's perfect timing.
3. Don't be desperate
God has prepared everything for you, including a person for you to marry. Therefore, you don't need to be desperate and pull your hair out looking for someone to date.
4. Don't touch me!!!
In 1 Corinthians 7:1 Paul exhorted "It is good for a man not to touch a woman" but rather urged Christain singles to pursue sex within marriage in order to remain holy. So save sex for marriage.
5. Ask your pastor for help
Have questions about dating? Find someone such a pastor or other spiritual leader to guide you and establish boundaries during or before dating.
6. Look at the heart
Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." When dating a prospective husband/ wife, look beyond the physical appearances and focus on whether or not he or she has a heart for God.