Yet, Christians are supposed to live to a higher standard.Here are some books that can help teens guide their dating lives with biblical principles, wisdom, and a focus on God.It was obvious that these nimble creatures could not pass one another. It allowed two opponents to survive a crisis so both could get on with more important things.As the goats approached each other, each feinted a power move at the other in what looked like the beginning of a battle. Zwingli applied the lesson to his next encounter with Luther.In a surprise twist, however, one goat suddenly collapsed onto the narrow ledge so the other goat could walk over its back. The same principle is evident in Paul’s words to Philemon.Philemon’s slave Onesimus had run away, met Paul in Rome and become a Christian.If Paul was in touch with his own thoughts and feelings when he wrote to Philemon, he could state his case without deploying manipulative or subversive tactics.
The strength of our emotions, especially when we are at odds with each other, inflates our tendency for self-preservation and diminishes our sense of the other’s importance in our lives.
We need to keep relationships personal and issues impersonal as we build faithfulness with one another. But the ways in which we work through them can bind us more tightly together in love.
Paul’s kindness to Philemon offers a very good example to follow.
Relationship experts Ben Young and Samuel Adams, authors of The Ten Commandments of Dating and The One, give user-friendly tips for nurturing your personal walk with God and enhancing your spiritual connection as a couple.
As you read through the devotions each day, you will: Samuel Adams, Psy. He earned his master's from Western Seminary and a doctorate from George Fox University.Not just truthfulness that blurts out every last thought, but self-awareness that is not deceptive.