TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #4

Hello and welcome back. If you haven’t’ read number 5 yet, click here. If you have, read on! 

#4 — Dating Relationships

Yep, you knew it was coming. But I promise, I am definitely pro-dating. I should be, as I’ve been dating my wonderful girlfriend for 3 years. But that doesn’t change the fact the some relationships can be devastating for fellowship with God. How? Glad you asked.

— Relationships are very time consuming (time on phone, dates, thoughts, etc)

— Relationships tend to focus on the immediate rather than the eternal

— Relationships can easily lead to sin (sex out of marriage, lies, lack of witnessing)

This is what leads many Christians into thinking that dating itself is wrong. I disagree with that, but I can see where they are coming from. I, however, think that relationships don’t HAVE to be a distraction if…

— The couple both allots time for each other to worship God individually AND studies the Bible and prays together

— The couple put’s God’s desires above each other’s desires

–The couple actively avoids getting into situations that could cause them to sin.

My last word on this… If a relationship you are in distracts you from God, you simply don’t need to be with that person. If that person doesn’t share and respect your beliefs, it’s not worth it to you. It doesn’t matter how much you love that person, God should always be first in your life.

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.