Marriage is still a sacred institution in the eyes of God, and you want to proceed with caution. A meaningful relationship requires two spiritually and emotionally mature individuals to deal with the various challenges that can and will develop when two individual personalities are being forged together to become one in Christ.
This is not something that should be done without truly considering the person to whom you are possibly planning to commit to spending the rest of your life with.
I've spent the last three years researching the most happily married couples to find out what they are doing differently. Or to be more precise, refusing to believe the worst.
In the happiest relationships, even if someone couldn't completely explain what had happened, they resolutely assumed that their spouse or good friend cared about them and had no intention of hurting them. For example, in the thousands of married people I've anonymously surveyed, only a tiny fraction no longer cared about their spouse.
However, we don't want to move forward with a mystical, fairytale or unrealistic expectation, which may cause frustration for both individuals.
I know that my relationship with Christ has grown as well as my relationship with my girlfriend.
So if you want that more intimate relationship with Christ and your relationship with you significant other to grow I suggest you give this a read.
When Christian men and women are considering transitioning a relationship with the opposite sex from friendship to exclusively dating, they should take a step back and truly consider if they should indeed move forward.
It is often difficult to do this when your feelings and emotions are swept away by the very thought of being in a meaningful relationship with someone you have gotten to know.
If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate!