Whether you’re casually hooking up or have been going out for a while now, setting boundaries is an important part of any relationship.To have the healthiest relationship, both partners should know each other’s wants, goals, fears and limits.Communicating with a new dating partner is one of the most exciting experiences of a new relationship.Texting, calling, emailing, or messaging on social media with this new person can happen more frequently.Talking about your boundaries with your partner is a great way to make sure that each person’s needs are being met and you feel safe in your relationship.
Let me lay out what I view to be applicable biblical principles and passages on this topic.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?How can you say definitively that other things are wrong? Shouldn't our physical relationship "progress" as other aspects of our relationship deepen? I understand most physical stuff is wrong, but what about All good questions.I am obviously not saying that hugs and kisses of affection or greeting to relatives and the like are out of bounds. In some cultures, kisses of greeting — between members of the same sex or of the opposite sex — as well as hand-holding and other forms of physical expression during normal, non-romantic social intercourse, are more common. You might even be able to talk me into the notion that , "non-leaning-in" hugs of greeting, sympathy, etc.between men and women who are not romantically involved are OK.