Communicating forgiveness in friendships and dating relationships

1 Timothy 5:2 says, “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.” Paul is writing here to the young pastor, Timothy, giving him instructions for how the members of his church are to conduct themselves.These are rules for all believers in every church in that day, and they remain in effect for all believers in every age.“Not even a hint of sexual immorality,” means that not having sexual intercourse isn’t all that’s required of dating Christians.Our entire mode of relating between boyfriends and girlfriends, as well as with friends, must be above reproach; not open to mis-interpretation or suspicions of sexual misconduct. But Scripture shows that often what we desire is born of selfishness.

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My boyfriend has been texting many different girls after entering his university, and I am not totally fine with it.This may be something you want to bring up with your boyfriend.Yes, a person can keep opposite-sex friendships while dating, and should, is essential, however.But almost always, he texts the husbands among our friends, and I text the wives.We don’t have rules written down, rather we strive to be above reproach and to honor one another in the way we interact with our friends. Neither of us has any opposite-sex friends that aren’t friends of both of us.

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