In the next few days...we'll look at a few helps on teen dating... ) Let me just share this little bit of advice with you again... Notice this covers everything not just teen dating... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. In fact the passage doesn't say anything at all about marriage. Don't get me wrong..long as you live with your parents... Verse two isn't just for children...it's for everybody..adults. When Paul wrote this, he was quoting from the Ten Commandments. He's put your parents where they are as your...parents! But there are definitely relationship principles in the Bible that can help us figure out what's right and wrong in this messed up world. for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. That verse is age specific about "children" obeying their parents. When that happens...verse one changes in application to Ephesians 6:2. That doesn't mean they'll always be right..then you need to leave that up to God. Below are just a few: Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects.Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2015. A flurry of other books dealing with teen dating came out a short time later. So...dating, if done to God's satisfaction, can be a relationship that not only honors God but also helps you draw close to Him through the person you're dating. No book, TV show or magazine will give you the truth regarding teen dating. You don't need the problems of a close relationship right now. Don't get sloppy in your dating relationship by going too fast. Going too slow more than likely won't hurt your dating life. Don't forget what Proverbs 19:2 said..one who hastens (that is goes too fast) will ultimately find himself (or herself) wading waist-deep in sinful sludge. Let's look at a few that will help us untangle this teen dating thing... Another way to put it would be..."You hang out with spiritual losers..become A SPIRITUAL LOSER." This is not to say we shouldn't have casual contact with unbelievers. Working with young people for the last decade, I've seen this play out a lot. Teen starts dating girl/guy of questionable character. Teen is confronted by the spiritual leader in his/her life (such as pastor, youth group leader..get the picture.) 3. That counts more than outward appearance in relationships... You're only deceiving yourself if you do anything else. And they were teenagers in teen dating relationships at one time. What you do with the life God has given you....that's the gift you give back to Him. Read...study...apply God's Word to your life...especially when it comes to teen dating. ) The storm of outrage against dating produced a book that encouraged teens to "kiss" teen dating goodbye and go with another option. God doesn't look down on relationships that honor and glorify Him. "Haste makes waste." I doubt the person who said this had dating in mind..it definitely applies. But I will tell you there are a few verses in there that come very close to saying that about teen dating! Hanging around with bad company will harm us spiritually. Teen declares he/she can "change" that person or lead them to Christ or... But rememer the verse above..doesn't work that way. If their character is flawed, they're spiritually ugly and weak. Date Christians who have proven their Christian character. The truth is...they've done a whole lot more living than you have. Don't feed your soul only once or twice a week at church... Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.Most parents have some fears of the day their child will start dating.
But first...a quick message from our commercial sponsor... Every relationship you have should first honor and glorify God. I'm talking about every aspect of your life should be based on biblical principles. It does talk about relationships though...including teen dating. Before you engage in physical contact...remember that the person you're becoming intimate with may not be your spouse. We find what Paul is talking about in Exodus which says... It's almost the same...right down to the promise at the end which Paul talks about in verse three in Ephesians. Honour doesn't necessarily mean "obey" like in verse one. No matter where you are in life..should always honor your parents. They even know a lot more than you do no matter what you think.
The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey [2.77 MB,180 Pages, 508] found that nearly 12% of high school females reported physical violence and nearly 16% reported sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
For high school males, more than 7% reported physical violence and about 5% reported sexual violence from a dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.