These types of modern courtships are preparations for possible marriage between two Christian believers.
Courtship has been largely replaced by dating, which is more casual.
Some Christians, however, find it important to pursue godly courtships which honor their religious beliefs like purity and honesty.
Part of the beauty of reading love stories is experiencing the many differences in them.
Some may seem similar from a distance, but when you look up close, every story is unique.
Whenever they'd sin, they'd confess to each other and make oaths to never let it happen again. Because of the shame, they never let anyone else in on what was happening.
In hindsight, Tim and Jess admit their courtship was a big cover-up of deceit.
This should be no surprise, since we have an enemy set against us and our impending marriage (1 Pet. He hates God, and he hates marriage because it depicts the gospel (Eph. One of Satan's most effective strategies to corrupt the gospel-portraying union of marriage is to attack couples through sexual sin before they say “I do.” Here are four of his most common ploys to attack marriages before they begin.
God's ways are good, but Satan wants us to believe they aren't.
(This was written in preparation for a series of conferences on vocations and states in life that I gave at Saint Benedict Center in the Spring of 2005.
Please see the end of this piece for a small table of contents with links to the other conferences.) Last week, we spoke about choosing a partner. One is the choice of an ideal partner you would like.
Many relationships are based on the love of a sport, hobby or physical attraction, but a godly courtship is based on the individual's relationship with God.