Communicating forgiveness in friendships and dating relationships

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Indeed, every such indulgence, even if it’s only mild flirtations in your own imagination, is sin (Psalm , Matthew ).

Ephesians 5:3 is all-encompassing, But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

” Jealously and envy tempt us all and they are sinful reasons for setting up boundaries.

Regarding the practicalities of your question, what do biblical friendship boundaries in dating looking like?

We pursue friendships as a couple with other couples and with singles.

What we don’t do is pursue opposite sex friendships apart from each other, or spend time alone with opposite-sex friends.

Before I get to that, let’s begin with who should have boundaries and why.

Paul uses familial relationships to provide a standard we all understand.

Brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, are commanded to love one another with , or sexual feelings and actions.

He uses Facebook rarely (I’m not on FB) and is careful not to single out women for private messages on social media.

He or I may send an informational text or email to an opposite-sex friend of ours regarding a planned event, or to let them know we’re running late, the way I did when we were delayed getting to a dinner party.

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