To be intimate with someone is to be close to him or her, to reveal private information, to feel linked together.Intimacy includes emotional and spiritual connectedness as well as physical connection.In romantic relationships, the goal is to communicate in a loving, giving manner—to be affectionate.Before continuing with this article, please review the preamble included at the beginning of this series, "Biblical Dating: How It's Different From Modern Dating." * * * PART 5: Navigating the Early Stages of a Relationship » My last article, "Biblical Dating: Navigating the Early Stages of a Relationship," sought to apply some of the principles we've discussed in this series to the early stages of a dating relationship.Our goal in dating as Christians is to save marital levels of interaction for marriage itself; to care well for the other person's soul, to be different from the world and so to bring glory to God.This time, I want to apply some of the same principles we've been thinking about to a relationship that moves beyond the "early stages" and gets serious.If you hope to develop healthy physical relationships, read on.
This generation is radically rethinking straight sex and marriage, but at what cost?
If one aspect of this tri-unity is missing, couples will lack the intimacy God desires.
Therefore, all three must be continually cultivated.
Guys, again the brunt of the work falls to you here. Let me also reiterate that, like asking someone to date initially, It's just a marker to say things are going well, and as far as you're concerned, the game is changing.
Those who ask this question are usually looking for guidelines regarding physical boundaries in dating.