For example, she said to never let a guy place his hand on my knee.
I see so many dating couples with their hands on each other's knees or with his hand in her back pocket and I always remember Mother's words.
What a fresh reminder of the power of a parent who sets boundaries. I thought you were going to help me with my children? One problem in Christian families today is that many parents fail to establish limits in their own lives.
It takes courage—you certainly won't win any popularity contests with your children. You need to set standards for your kids that you will keep yourself.
But I'm glad she bugged me, because her persistence caused me to think about the model I was setting for the kids. And yes, bathing suits—better deal with that one before they turn 13!
In addition to limits you set in music, movies, and television, here are some questions to help you determine limits in other areas: Dating: At what age will they begin dating, and with whom? Clothing: Will you allow them to wear clothes that are trendy, even if they are questionable? Calling boys, or asking boys out for dates: Are you going to let your daughter call boys?
On the contrary, in the proper context, it is a kind and good gift of God.
I'll start by putting my position right on the line: kissing is OK.
We need to address the whole spectrum ("just kissing" included). First, the fact that "romantically oriented" is in italics above is important.
Michael Lawrence and other able Boundless authors have written before about the wonderful gift of sex, so I won't belabor the point except to repeat that the Scripture passages on sex, taken together, make very clear that God instituted sex for purposes of procreation, pleasure, intimacy, holiness and — ultimately — for His glory.
God instituted sex within marriage as part of His design of the family (Genesis ).Before continuing with this article, please review the preamble included at the beginning of Scott's first article in this series, "Biblical Dating: How It's Different From Modern Dating." * * * PART 4: Navigating the Early Stages of a Relationship » Quite a few Boundless readers asked questions or made comments about my statement in "Biblical Dating: How It's Different From Modern Dating" that "biblical dating assumes outside of marriage that Scripture explicitly prohibits?