Biblical purpose of dating
Foundational to all of these roles, however, is their role as pointer to the gospel.
Ephesians is a simple picture of forgiveness in relationships, but one that serves to point us to the forgiveness we have received from God in Christ.
John writes: It is through our love for one another, through our relationships, that people will see God.
That is a remarkable, if not sometimes terrifying, teaching.
The Bible gives us a picture that includes both spiritual and social functions to our relationships.
A myriad of verses we find the Scriptures speaking with clarity about the role relationships play in our lives.
Ephesians -32 is a well-known pericope that delineates the mystery of marriage.
In these verses we learn that the husband/wife relationship serves as a picture of the Christ/church relationship.
If the person you are dating does not help you love and serve Jesus better than this is not a good relationship!
Relationships are not all about us, they are about the gospel.
When I am selfish, and self-absorbed in my relationship I am directing people away from the gospel, not the least of whom is probably my partner.
Our relationships are constantly driving other people to, and/or reminding ourselves of Jesus.
1 John spells it out in perhaps the most blatant terms.