You are entering a period of your life when friends have particular meaning.David and Jonathan in the Bible were special friends.It’s three guys and two girls who meet at someone’s home for pizza and a DVD. I believe that most people who began dating at an early age would say they regret it.When kids exclusively date at an early age, they set themselves up for easily breaking the "Purity Code".As you are aware, there really is a major difference between the world’s philosophy about dating and the Christian approach.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Youth ministry meetings and events provide great opportunities for kids to work on their opposite sex relationships.
If you are providing at least some time when kids can hang out and talk, that’s really all you need to do. Still, typically, there will be some students who are shy or haven’t yet developed the social skills necessary to initiate a conversation with a person of the opposite sex.
But as a teen, should you completely lose dating and find other "safer" options? The best and only place to go for good advice about teen dating is the Truth found in the Bible, the Word of God. or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Hurrying things won't help your dating relationship. And it seems to have the worst consequences in teen dating relationships. Sure it was in a different time..what if dinosaurs were still walking the earth when your parents were dating (just kidding! And they know more than you..matter what you think! If you've made a decision for Christ..should live for Him. You need to listen to His voice in all walks of life...including teen dating.
A flurry of other books dealing with teen dating came out a short time later. So...dating, if done to God's satisfaction, can be a relationship that not only honors God but also helps you draw close to Him through the person you're dating. No book, TV show or magazine will give you the truth regarding teen dating. You don't need the problems of a close relationship right now. Don't get sloppy in your dating relationship by going too fast. Going too slow more than likely won't hurt your dating life. Don't forget what Proverbs 19:2 said..one who hastens (that is goes too fast) will ultimately find himself (or herself) wading waist-deep in sinful sludge. Let's look at a few that will help us untangle this teen dating thing... Another way to put it would be..."You hang out with spiritual losers..become A SPIRITUAL LOSER." This is not to say we shouldn't have casual contact with unbelievers. Working with young people for the last decade, I've seen this play out a lot. Teen starts dating girl/guy of questionable character. Teen is confronted by the spiritual leader in his/her life (such as pastor, youth group leader..get the picture.) 3. That counts more than outward appearance in relationships... You're only deceiving yourself if you do anything else. And they were teenagers in teen dating relationships at one time. What you do with the life God has given you....that's the gift you give back to Him. Read...study...apply God's Word to your life...especially when it comes to teen dating.