The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. A man and a woman may engage in a friendship that involves a growing emotional intimacy but without the requisite deepening commitment, which results in warped relational patterns, disappointment, and pain. The other extreme is to plunge into a romantic, physically involved relationship that commonly leads to frustration and disappointment, and often results in profound emotional pain. This article offers a number of practical suggestions to help set proper patterns for relating, building friendship, dating, and embarking on commitment that leads to marriage. These suggestions are as follows: We live in a culture of increased pseudo-intimacy.
BFFs (Best Friends First): Honoring God in Dating and Romance - Christian Research Institute
Is it possible for Christian guys and girls to be just friends? It is wise to protect your heart and the hearts of others in all situations, including your friendships. But what about honest to goodness platonic friendship? Is it wise for a Christian girl or guy for that matter to be friends with members of the opposite sex? Just like our relationships, the answer to this question is fairly layered.