Fear of intimacy in dating

Widowed and divorced women who hear this story often tell me I was “lucky” — an odd thing to say, given the circumstance: At 54, after a happy 24-year marriage, I was widowed.

Certain that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life alone, I waded into the world of online dating in January 2010. ” Seven months after Joe’s death and 10 days into a rather dizzying tour of two dating sites that brought me into contact with a variety of men — some widowed, some divorced, all of them polite and not the least bit threatening — I heard from a guy who lived a few towns over.

I discuss this principle more fully in "Principles for Drawing Boundaries" and "What Does a Biblical Relationship Look Like?

" As a quick refresher, we can "defraud" our brother or sister in a dating context by showing or encouraging a level of intimacy — either emotionally or physically — that the Bible seems to reserve for marriage and marriage only.

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because people who are sex addicts do not know how to relate in an intimate (close) relationship in an open and comfortable way.

I don't know whether you've noticed this, but people involved in a dating relationship tend to get to know each other better over the course of that relationship.

I've arrived at this conclusion by thinking through a number of biblical principles.

One of our bedrock governing principles in biblical dating — and in how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ generally — is not to "defraud" our single brothers and sisters by implying a greater level of commitment between us and them than actually exists (see 1 Thessalonians 4:6).

I wanted to be with someone who wanted a partner to chart and navigate that daunting terrain. Rather than feeling, as some women might, that I could never measure up to his deceased spouse, I considered his loving marriage a plus.

To me, that suggested a man who knew what it took to create, nurture and sustain a partnership.

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