Even when the couple has the goal of being pure and chaste, they will still be subject to the struggle of keeping growing desires under control.
This naturally will create a great deal of tension within them, which is often spent out in a lot of emotional energy.
They too can be craving attention from a woman, to fill a gap in their emotional life – but that is less common the case for men as for women.
The guy is fighting back the urge to fulfill his sexual desires.
As a Christian he knows he is supposed to be practicing chastity, but he too begins looking for how far he can go to get some degree of satisfaction.
And it can be all very confusing for a young man and woman committed to the Christian virtue of chastity!
In spite of their “best intentions” they can find themselves sliding down a slippery slope toward pre-marital sex. But it requires a great deal of self-discipline and maturity. But even when a teenager possesses great self-discipline and maturity, the question remains: what can he or she achieve through a dating relationship that he could not achieve through friendship?
Nature of Dating Relationships: There are different ways to approach dating.
Two stand out as the most common approaches in our society.
Even when they remain virgins “technically” – in other words they haven’t gone “all the way” – they often will sacrifice their purity in some shape or form to each other. The Virtue of Friendship: Through fostering the virtue of friendship during the teenage years, boys and girls, young men and women, learn how to relate to the opposite sex.
They have the opportunities to see certain characteristics in their friends that they admire and others that they know they just could never live with.
“Serial” Dating: True, by not dating they miss out on that emotional and physical intimacy, and that sense of belonging to someone and being someone’s “one and only”.