of life and the courtship process because it focuses on taking time to develop relationships all while teaching us to build solid friendships. ✤ Research shows that we are the happiest when are with a person who is much like ourselves. Therefore, it is stated that most often you will ﬁnd your mate within your pool of friends. ✤ Even when having this group of friends you want to guard against spending one on one time with those of the opposite sex. ✤ We don’t curse dating, we seek to avoid the shortcomings of it t avoid activities that encourage intimacy without accountability.
out things about them that will have you like “who is this?” ✤ When you’re absorbed with each other you never get to see who the other person is. ✤ Friendships Should NOT be in isolation ✤ In courtship you spend time with each other families and in group activities. ✤ “Spending every minute alone while the bloom is still on the rose won’t give you a clear picture of what the garden will look like in another season.” Dr. Raunikar
mutual interests. That build the relationship in the context of a group. 2. Casual Friends: people that you see regularly in the spaces that you frequent. 3. Close Friends: Few times in life you may experience a relationship that develops on this level, this should be the exception, not the norm. 4. Intimate Friends: This relationship only develops with a person that you’re choosing to be your spouse.
to result in personal gain. ✤ The crime of deceiving people in order to gain something. ✤ It happens in so many settings, schools, ofﬁces, in homes, and even in churches. Sometimes it’s intentional, and sometimes it isn’t. ✤ 1 Thessalonians 4:4-9
“Whatever you would be willing to do with, to, or for a natural-born brother or sister, you’d have to be willing to do with, to, or for another person.” ✤ Are you willing to make the decision to treat everyone like they’re your sister or brother?
2. Friendships should be kept open, not closed. 3. Friendships should be kept shoulder-to-shoulder, not face-to-face. 4. Friendships should be kept nonsexual. 5. Friendships should have conversations that honor God. 6. Keep track of where you are in your relationship. 7. Keep track of the time you spend with one another.