The key to any successful dating relationship is learning the art of forgiveness. However, when we remember that Jesus paid the ultimate price by sacrificing himself for all of our mistakes, it humbles us to remember that we are forgiven for things we don’t deserve to be forgiven of.
There’s a verse in Matthew 18 where Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? ” Jesus famously answers, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew -22).
Other translations refer to Jesus saying, “seventy times seven.” In other words, forgive and forgive often. There will be ill words said, bad actions taken, and mistakes made throughout the course of your relationship.
Our dating habits need to start and end with a focus on Jesus.
Without that, a firm commitment to true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and excellent (Philippians 4:8) dating relationships is difficult, if not impossible.
Instead, these ideals have been substituted for immediate pleasure and gratification. Which is why many people have begun to give up on ever finding “the one.” The idea of being vulnerable and revealing our hearts, only to be hurt over and over again is exhausting and painful. It’s almost impossible to have a healthy, sustaining, pure, long-term dating relationship without Jesus front and center.