I could go on, and if you’re a part of almost any kind of Christian community, you probably can too.Even though we’re following Jesus, and reading the same Bible, and aiming for the covenant of marriage, our dating advice can be surprisingly wide and diverse.The study had partners of long and short distance relationships track all forms of their communication (phone, texting, email, etc.) to find that long distance partners exhibited more consistent and meaningful communication than closer couples.The lack of physical time together might cause some sort of communicative overdrive, where each partner really makes an effort to interact and interact meaningfully to compensate for other areas.
So essentially, if your relationship ends, it's not because of the distance.While the change in dynamics has the obvious downside of minimal physical interaction, it heightens other relationship characteristics that may make up for it.A 2013 study published in the Journal Of Communication suggests that long distance partners might have better overall communication skills.If our heart is not there — if our soul is not already safe through faith, if our mind is distracted and focused on other, lesser things, if our best strength is being spent on the things of this world — jobs, sports, shopping, entertainment, relationships, and on God — we simply will not date well. Listen to Jesus, and “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Seek him first (Matthew ), and dating will be added according to his perfect plan and timing. It’s not the first rule, but I have found that it is a “golden rule” that most often makes the difference between healthy and unhealthy Christian dating relationships.But after embracing and applying the first and greatest commandment, I have found that the . If you’re not a Christian — if you haven’t dealt with God before trying to date — you don’t have a chance of having a truly healthy Christian relationship with someone else.A 2014 study about relationship quality (examining more than 700 long distance partners and over 400 couples in close proximity) discovered that the distance alone did not act as a predictor of happiness (as opposed to other individual and relationship characteristics), concluding that closer couples are not at an advantage to having a successful relationship.