Romantic Relationships Take Time And Effort!
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Husbands and wives need to be faithful to each other and not allow other things, like children, work, etc., to steal their time away. The second thing is that romance needs to be purposely kept alive. No automatic pilot allow. Many romantic relationships are more emotional and spiritual than having a sexual desire for someone who has caught your eye.
Romantic relationships are not based on sexual appetite but warm, romantic, heartfelt expressions of deep love and commitment for someone of the opposite sex. Ideally, that turns into a Christian marriage after a proper amount of dating time has passed to assure that the commitment is mutual and robust enough to weather all storms life brings. ~ Bill Greguska
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What is your motivation in any relationship? Sometimes romantic relationships happen prematurely during a dating relationship, similar to a marriage relationship except for the sexual component. I have been in a couple of romantic dating relationships in my life, and I also have been married. The best advice is to take things slowly because romantic relationships can be inspiring, knowing that the other person has similar feelings towards you.
Treat the other person as a brother or sister because that is what they are. For example, kissing should be held off for a while until a mutual commitment to marriage is at least discussed. This might be very difficult because of our natural drive for sexuality, plus how the media and the pressure can make things more difficult. ~ Bill Greguska
Romantic Relationships For Married Couples Takes Time And Energy!
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Falling in love (infatuation) is, in other words, the beginning of love. It has no foundation for it. Passion springs up in the heart of the one who has it. It assumes a lot! So it helps to date the right person from the start. Falling in love (infatuation) is overwhelmed with an impression. Be impressed but cautiously wait, realizing that anyone can look and sound good for a year! It’s after a year that cracks may be seen. A skilled person can hide their authentic self for up to six years!! That’s why we must have discerning love when we think you might be falling in love.
Intelligent love is the mature love that has learned to wait and give the necessary time for God to reveal what is essential to know about their character and how they handled the wounds and disappointments of life, arguments, grudges, likes, dislikes, habits, etc. Puppy love feels nice for a while, but it does no one any favors! It sets you up for some big disappointment that cannot last. That’s why I called it “weeds which spring up today and tomorrow it’s gone” (today means a short time, like a month or so). I think that about sums things up. ~ Sister Sue Sauer
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Hebrews 13:4 ESV
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Song of Solomon 1:2 ESV
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;
Leviticus 20:13 ESV
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Genesis 2:24 ESV
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV
For I feel a divine jealousy for you since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
John 15:13 ESV
Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Song of Solomon 8:6 ESV
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.
Song of Solomon 4:10 ESV
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine and the fragrance of your oils than any spice?
Jude 1:7 ESV
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
1 John 4:18 ESV
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:8 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.
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