Myriad TV shows and advertisements target singles with the subliminal message that it is okay to do whatever you want with whomever you want to do it. I want to encourage all singles to change their thinking and begin to believe God has a plan that is greater than any plan the world or society has to offer (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 3:20).
Marriage was created by God and is part of His plan for those who desire to enter this covenant relationship. Unfortunately, many people remain single because they make unwise choices when it comes to choosing a mate.
The following are some major questions I would like for singles to keep in mind:
Is He or She Responsible with Money?
Are you about to marry a shop aholic? Is your potential spouse an emotional spender? In other words, whenever upset, does this person go out and spend money on clothes, shoes, or other things? Does he or she spend large amounts of money on things and try to keep it from you? How your future spouse treats money now is a clear indication of how your husband or wife will spend money after you are married.
Is Your Future Spouse a Good Example for Children?
One day you are probably going to have children with this person. Is he or she the example you want your children to follow?
What Issues Do You Agree or Disagree On?
Be sure to make this one of the topics of conversation while you are dating. Get the issues resolved during the dating stage. You do not want these issues to creep up and cause problems after you are married.
Is There Self-Control over His or Her Sex Drive?
If the person you are considering marrying does not have control over his or her sex drive while you are dating, chances are there will be no control once you are married, which could possibly lead to extramarital affairs.
Be on the lookout for part two of Choosing a mate God’s way vs. the world’s way. These insights are practical guidelines for making a successful choice when contemplating marriage.
-Dr. Creflo Dollar
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