Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

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But if we know what we can reasonably expect and what can be reasonably expected of us then our relationships can grow and flourish.

Understanding some of the purposes behind human relationships will go a long way in shaping our expectations.

If, during the courtship, one or both parties realize that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.

On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

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Even today in many areas of the Middle East, dating is a relatively new concept and couples can’t even be seen together in public unless they are officially “engaged” to be married.

In biblical times, the process of meeting a spouse had very little to do with compatibility and personality traits, and everything to do with family lineage and economic status.

It is a choice to wait for God’s best, for His glory.