If someone keeps up, introduce yourself. Love is patient and kind; love doesn't envy or brag; it's not arrogant or rude. He doesn't insist on following his own path; he's not irritable or resentful; he doesn't rejoice at bad deeds, but rejoices in the truth. Love endures everything, believes everything, expects everything, endures everything.
Ultimately, the purpose of dating should be what God considers. For some, He will call for a station where two people go out hoping or intending to get married, but it could result in a lesson to learn or in a friendship. It's vital to recognize this, as many will fall into the trap of believing that the person you're dating should and can only be your spouse. The goal and hope, of course, will be marriage, but not all relationships are destined to result in marriage.
Some relationships are meant to promote a character, teach a lesson, or last for a season. The ultimate hope and intention of a dating relationship should be marriage. Marriage is the second most important relationship one will ever have, the most important one is with the Lord. With this weight given to such intention, the forerunner of dating, therefore, must be given considerable consideration, care and respect.
Since the Bible doesn't say anything about dating directly, Christians should be careful not to dogmatize any Christian teaching on dating too much. For example, when the book “I Kissed Goodbye to Dating with a Kiss” came out, the American church seemed to preach the concepts of that book as Scriptures. Many years later, people are realizing the harmful effects of overemphasizing ideas that are not directly found in the Scriptures. Not only is there nothing in the Bible specifically about dating, but the concept of dating didn't even exist in biblical times.
Much of the questioning comes from modern forms of dating compared to the contextual traditions of biblical times. One of the main biblical principles that I think should govern the way Christian singles date is that intimacy and commitment are always linked within the Bible. Since going out to find a spouse seems like the most obvious biblical approach to me, I also believe that it's unbiblical to date a non-believer. The Bible says that intimacy without commitment is a sin, so dating someone toward marriage is the wisest approach.
The Bible doesn't say anything directly about dating, so there is no rigid Christian path for dating. Although the Bible doesn't talk directly about dating, it says a lot about relationships, godly interactions, and principles that can be applied to the way you date. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don't know the specific passage you're looking for. If you know that you're not in a season where you're ready to get married, then I don't think it's the wisest biblical decision to go out.
When I was single, I remember wishing there was an entire book or even a chapter of the Bible dedicated to the subject of dating. The words “dating someone”, “courting”, “boyfriend”, “girlfriend” or “going out” are not words found anywhere in the Bible. What many Christian singles will be surprised to realize is that the Bible doesn't say anything directly about dating.