Boundaries in Dating: Making Dating Work by Henry Cloud

By Henry Cloud

Principles for love that may assist you locate the affection of Your lifestyles among singleness and marriage lies the adventure of courting. have the desire to make your highway as delicate as attainable? Set and hold fit boundaries--boundaries that can assist you develop in freedom, honesty, and strength of mind. If lots of your relationship stories were tough, obstacles in courting may revolutionize how you deal with relationships. whether you are doing good, the insights you are going to achieve from this much-needed booklet can assist fine-tune or perhaps thoroughly readjust vital components of your courting lifestyles. Written through the authors of the bestselling ebook obstacles, obstacles in courting is your street map to the type of stress-free, profitable courting which may take you from weekends on my own to a life-time with the soul mate you might have longed for.

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That might indicate some sort of a fear of dealing with the real world. In fact, if your date avoids certain types of legalistic or hypocritical Christians, that might be a sign of her spiritual health! At the same time, having no lasting Christian friendships could mean problems. It might mean that she is just beginning her spiritual growth path. Or it could mean she has had a dry or stagnant season, and is now becoming reinvolved with the life of God. It could indicate that she has never had a deep spiri- Take God on a Date 59 tual life.

When another person tries to control you, tries to get too close to you, or asks you to do something you don’t think is right, you should feel some sense of protest. Your boundary has been crossed. The Functions of Boundaries Boundaries serve two important functions. First, they define us. Boundaries show what we are and are not; what we agree and disagree with; what we love and hate. God has many clear boundaries. He loves the world (John 3:16); he loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). He hates haughty eyes and a lying tongue (Proverbs 6:16–17).

And we sometimes don’t know if the desires are working together or not. It is difficult to know how to navigate through the spiritual dimension of dating. So many questions arise, such as: • • • • • • Is this the person God meant for me? Are we spiritually compatible? How do I bring God into the relationship the “right” way? How do we relate spiritually? What if we disagree spiritually? Am I in denial about the spiritual conflicts we might have? Though this entire book is about a biblical view of boundaries in dating, this chapter deals in particular with these and other explicitly spiritual issues.

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