On dating for teens

By Corrasandra Weaver, 15, Maynard Jackson High School My definition of a healthy relationship is they depend on each other, care for each other, and consider each other’s feelings about sex.Kids are talking about dating violence so nobody takes advantage of them.Love, dating and relating to the opposite sex are important factors in living out the "Purity Code".How kids relate to the opposite sex and how they eventually date will determine the success of their relationships and say a lot about their Christian commitment.There are other factors involved in a healthy relationship, such as commitment, honesty, shared qualities, etc.However, the most important thing to know is the difference between love and lust; most people don’t know the difference because of the very thin line between them.

Young teens today is very nervous about dating violence, dating violence is the number one thing teens talk about cuz teens [are] scared of dating violence based on their relationships.I like to use the following illustration with kids when I talk about dating. David is not dating just Donna, a very cute girl with a beautiful smile and a terrific personality. This means Donna is, in a spiritual sense, dating Jesus, who lives inside David. Kids need to learn that they should treat their dates as if Jesus lives in him or her.You might find it helpful in your ministry situation too. When our students decide to follow the way of radical respect, it will help to keep their life free of problems in the many relationships they have with persons of the opposite sex. Exclusive dating refers to two people dating each other. Inclusive dating refers to kids relating to many friends of the opposite sex. Inclusive dating provides kids with a great opportunity to hone their opposite sex relationship skills while providing a safer environment for them to stay accountable and on track in keeping the "Purity Code".An inclusive date can be five girls and four guys who go to the mall together. Far too many students begin exclusive relationships too early.It’s three guys and two girls who meet at someone’s home for pizza and a DVD. I believe that most people who began dating at an early age would say they regret it.Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

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