Christian men and dating

We all have sin issues that we deal with on a daily basis.

We’ve all made mistakes that we often wish we could do-over.

He was foolishly lured by her entices and fell into deep destruction because of it.

Left to our own thoughts, we, like Samson, may miss the signal that there’s trouble ahead. The Addict – This person needs freedom that can only come by admitting there’s a problem, seeking professional help and leaning on the strength that God can bring.

We all need the grace and freedom that only Christ Himself can offer. And we can trust He will give guidance, and help us see some red flags to be aware of along the way. The Unbeliever – Be careful not to settle for less than what God would want for the spiritual health and care of your marriage.

But our marriages are healthier when we recognize red flags in our dating relationships, instead of choosing not to see problems at all. Marriage can be tough enough at times, add to that the pressure of opposing spiritual views, and you may be in big trouble when the normal stressors of life occur. The Abuser – Many times “abusers” are assumed to be men, but women struggle with this same trap too, and the man in her life may feel like it’s difficult to talk about the problem or find help. Marriage must be built on deep love and respect, and abuse of any type has no place there. The Controller, Manipulator – This person’s subtle, dangerous behavior can indicate big trouble ahead.

The healthiest marriages are not made up of two seemingly “perfect” people, but two forgiven people who have the capacity, by the grace of God, to keep offering forgiveness to one another. Debbie Mc Daniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets).

God’s Word gives guidance for marriage and offers plenty of examples for wise living. What do we believe about what He says, and will we look to Him for wisdom in relationships and in how we live our lives? Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives.

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There is no room for dishonesty in a healthy, loving relationship.

She might check up on you frequently, keep close tabs, or falsely accuse you of cheating on her.

The one driven by control needs will have continual issues with whether she can “trust you.” Often, under her grasp, you may start to feel like you can hardly breathe. It’s supposed to be, that’s how you’re held tightly. The Angry, Contentious Woman – If your partner can’t control her temper before you’re married, she most certainly won’t after you’re married. No matter what our personality type, it still doesn’t give us room to plow over anyone in our pathway with cruel words and rants.

Addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, or destructive habits will lead to deep troubles ahead.

And though your relationship may seem to challenge her in the right direction, don’t be fooled that she’ll so quickly “give it all up for you,” without the aid and accountability of professional help. The Narcissist, Diva - No matter how beautiful, talented, and charming she may seem, marriage is built on the word “together.” If the relationship before marriage seems to constantly be all about her, you may be in for some struggle ahead.