For example, I Samuel 18:1 says, "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself." 3) is unselfish love, unconditional love—a commitment to seek the best and highest good for another person, regardless of any response. First John –11 says, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Those who do move past "romantic" love typically move to phileo, the affectionate love of genuinely liking. All relationships, dating and otherwise, should begin with a love that seeks the highest good for the other person . Carolyn and I talked at length that night about the real meaning of love and the need to back out of her bond with her boyfriend.
This route, however, rarely leads to agape—unconditional love that seeks what is in the best interest of the other person—because it's hijacked along the way by selfishness, lust, or any number of other relational roadblocks. I readily acknowledged that taking this difficult route would be painful.
The results plainly portray the challenging cultural terrain today's Christian singles navigate when dating. Hurting and confused, she called me on "Hope in the Night" a few months ago, explaining that she was involved with a man who was in the "process of getting a divorce." In other words, she was dating a married man.
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• 36% of singles are open to a casual "hook-up" in the near future, and 54% reported they have had a one-night stand.
• 76% of single men and 77% of women ages 21–34 were no longer virgins.
To minister to this great need, it's important to: • Hold fast to Biblical standards.
Though we no longer live in a society where purity is revered—and, in fact, is often mocked, especially for "consenting adults"—we must proclaim Scriptural principles, regardless of their popularity.
If a country were populated solely with America's single adults, it would be the world's 14th largest nation (iii).