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Christian views on friendship and dating

A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.

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Song of Songs 1:2 says “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine.” Husbands and wives are to rejoice in each other’s love both romantically and sexually.Also, in our culture, through "dating" people will often find a life partner and marry.How men and women view a "date" and "dating" can have a profound effect on their future.Friendship involves three foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a friend, care and concern for the welfare of your friend, and affection.The word "friend" means someone you like who also likes you.However, the Bible does describe three kinds of relationships with the opposite sex and gives certain characteristics of each relationship (there are others such as parent/child and sibling, but they don't clarify the issues of dating).

One kind of relationship the Bible describes is friendship.

Of these three relationships, the Scriptures only speak of romantic attraction and desire being expressed in marriage.

Song of Songs gives a beautiful picture of the feelings and expression of romantic desire and attraction.

Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.

Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them.

It means becoming physically intimate with each other as one flesh.