When does dating become a relationship


02-Sep-2017 12:09

It can involve affection as we work together in Christ, but affection is not a necessary element.

We are commanded in the Scriptures to show love to all believers, but we are not commanded to make all believers our friends.

Brother-sister relationships in Christ involve two foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a fellow-believer in Christ and care and concern a believer is to have toward other believers.

This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.

A second kind of relationship is “brother-sister in Christ.” If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have become children of God.

Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.

Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them.A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.