Wouldn't it be nice to have a list of sexual practices categorized by "sinful" or "okay"? That's what we're convinced God wants for each of his children.We doubt that God's surprised by the intensity of our sexual desire or of its fulfillment.In Genesis it says, Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." As Adam and Eve demonstrate, no matter how many friends we have, in order to fulfill our deep need for love and affection, we need close relationships with others, especially the opposite sex.
An aspect of not allowing your dating relationships to get deep is the physical nature of the relationship.
That is something that Stacey and I handled very appropriately. I would plan outings with friends, church groups, or whatever there was just to have more fun.
Throughout the years I dated Stacey, I don't recall ever telling her I loved her, and she didn't tell me either.
I did not allow my dating life to get so deep that the potential eventual break up would be horrendous.
What you have to do is make an effort to make the dating years enjoyable. When I think back on why it was good for me, I can think of three major reasons. My mom gave me some great advice when I started seriously dating Stacey. My parents helped me understand the significance of love and how you don't just want to use it like it doesn't mean anything.