Christian views on friendship and dating
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.
The Bible does not talk about "dating," but it does talk about relationships.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.Gen. says, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." This verse tells us that marriage involves the husband and wife severing ties of intimate relationships with parents to cleave to each other.It involves coming together into a permanent bond of unity.It shows that God desires that they enjoy the blessings of the union He created.
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.
It can involve affection as we work together in Christ, but affection is not a necessary element.
We are commanded in the Scriptures to show love to all believers, but we are not commanded to make all believers our friends.
Song of Songs -11 says "How delightful is your love my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice." Only in marriage may a man and woman enjoy expressing their romantic and sexual desires toward each other.
Friendship involves three foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a friend, care and concern for the welfare of your friend, and affection.