From dating to friends

22 Dec

Bottom line: I believe it is difficult and rare — as a practical matter — to honor these principles in the context of a close, intimate friendship between two single Christians of the opposite sex.If I were a single person desiring marriage, the answers to these questions would matter to me.I admit we're not talking absolutes here, but almost.Certainly, a man can find himself in a similar position with a woman he's attracted to, but given his obligation to be clear and intentional with the woman and to initiate the type of relationship he truly desires, he arguably has placed — or at least kept — view your "friendship"?Ladies, might there be men who would have initiated with you but for their uncertainty about or discomfort with your intimate friendship with another man?

In my experience counseling and writing on this topic, everybody thinks (or at least we'll end up in one of the situations you just talked about.

Unlike most other people of our age and experience, we are (insert favorite answer here) a) really astute students of our own and each other's hearts, b) -clear and talented communicators, c) always honest with each other, even when such honesty entails huge vulnerability for whoever is speaking, d) all of the above." Maybe.

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