A dating relationship is usually based only on what the dating couple presently knows about each other.
In contrast, a Biblical courtship is based on what God knows about each partner and on His plans for their futures.
When you only are allowed to get to know someone with your parents or a chaperone present, you get to know the Sunday best of the person.
This is in many cases, a very dangerous practice disguised as a perfect formula for a happy and successful marriage.
As they establish guidelines for their relationship, they can more easily recognize that God also holds them responsible to honor one another.
Receiving God’s grace and the support of others strengthens them to maintain their commitment to purity.
While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.
It is a choice to wait for God’s best, for His glory.
It is a decision to walk by faith, to trust in God, to honor others above yourself, and to believe that God will deal bountifully with you, because He is love.
(See Proverbs 3:5–7.)Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.
It is a choice to not emotionally give away your heart, piece by piece, to many others through casual dating relationships and instead to give your whole heart to your life partner.
Dating tries to answer the question, In a dating relationship, there is little if any accountability for the couple and little or no interaction with family members.