Setting boundaries in a christian dating relationship
Ephesians 5:3 says, "But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints." The New International Version puts it this way, "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people." Anything in a premarital relationship that hints of sexual immorality – like dry sex, foreplay, nudity, sleeping in the same bed, pornography, and the like – is unacceptable.
Emotional: Often, dating couples who have chosen to abstain from physical intimacy still struggle with emotional intimacy.
Those who ask this question are usually looking for guidelines regarding physical boundaries in dating.
However, intimacy is a much broader issue than physicality.
To be intimate with someone is to be close to him or her, to reveal private information, to feel linked together.We are told not to wrong each other in matters of intimacy.Dating couples do not have the commitment that married couples do.These are not a matter of personal meaning or choice.It is inappropriate to have sex, in any form, prior to marriage.