It is useful to follow the following criteria: · One who is mentally, spiritually and emotionally mature · Who recognize their gift for marriage (I Cor 7:7) or do not have the gift of celibacy, · Who is praying and seeking God's will for marriage · And is ready about commitment in a serious relationship .Teenagers in school will be too young to start dating and courtship.· Teaches people to break off relationships easily, conditioning them more for divorce than marriage.
· Creates a false standard of comparison by which mates may be chosen and then rejected later after marriage.
We should include here that there should be a clear understanding that if the courtship does not work out, both persons are to be mature enough to part as friends without resentment and with all due respect for each other's feelings.
Let us discuss some practical concerns for a healthy date. It is hard to put an age limit on when to begin Christian courtship.
The problem is, we are so used to having all the privileges without the responsibilities in this world.
Covenant marriage as the Bible defines it, brings many responsibilities with it - a life-long commitment of a marital bond committed to God in the first place. Boundaries for restraint are important and necessary as the commitment in the relationship is not certain yet.