In the end, there is no formula and no rote substitute for intellectually honest Christians seeking to care well for one another and to faithfully apply Scripture to infinitely varied relational circumstances.
So with all that said, let's consider how the principle of caring for one another well in the early stages of a relationship might look.
To have a healthy dating relationship, whether casual or exclusive, both partners need to know each other’s limits.
Discussing your wants and needs early in a new relationship helps set the stage for healthy conversations when boundaries start to shift.
So I ended up surprised and hurt when he began dating someone else. But the undefined “talking” stage in so many relationships just leaves you feeling confused.
The problem is, we did nearly everything but really talk about where we each stood. Talking means texting throughout the hours of the day, “hanging out” with each other on a regular basis, kissing or even something more, and all along there’s this elephant in the room called “defining the relationship,” but you ignore it and keep on doing pretty much everything else but define the relationship. At the rate my feelings were going I saw this becoming something more. When I say “talking,” I mean that pre-dating stage where you are talking but not really communicating at all. He would make me text him to let him know I made it back home from the subway safely and then would respond with a sweet “goodnight” text.Are you comfortable with them following your friends? It’s likely you’ll both have to compromise as you figure out a digital agreement that suits you both.Keep in mind that checking in with a partner about date night plans or how their day is going let you know you’re thinking of them.