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10-Feb-2019 01:22

It’s easier to put boundaries on physical intimacy — hands kept to a certain place, kissing kept to a specific limit.When I was in college, there was an ongoing joke about the Three-Second Hug Rule.We ask ourselves, “How much can we do before I have to go to confession.” But if that’s the question we’re asking, the battle is already half lost. Partly because the farther we go, the harder it is to stop, both physically and emotionally. And the more we give our hearts, the more we want to give everything else. The ability to give ourselves, body and soul, to another is a tremendous gift. It’s one of the most beautiful and powerful ways in which we image God, who is self-gift.Most of us understand the physical part of the problem. A romantic kiss between a man and a woman – as opposed to a peck on the cheek – isn’t just a kiss. And when we understand just how very precious that gift is, the goal shouldn’t be to use it and abuse it as much as we possibly can without getting into trouble. As I explain in the book, avoidance has always been strongly recommended by those men and women who have “St.” before their name." Your question sounds very much like"how far can we go? Unfortunately, while we would like a definitive answer, the bible doesn’t lay down a set of hard and fast specific boundaries, but rather gives a set of ‘principles’ for relationships.With these ‘principles’ we must then work out how to apply them in our situation.

We could encourage each other and stand strong together. When you’re in the moment—when you’re watching a movie in a dark room and everyone else has gone to bed—is the time to talk about your boundaries.

Building trust in a slow and steady way involves establishing emotional boundaries — a set of dos and don’ts that guides you through the exchange of emotions without going too deep too fast.

Emotional boundaries can be difficult to establish.

You give clear-cut advice on physical parameters in a chaste relationship, and you write that “If you’re serious about embracing chastity, you have to become a bit of an old fuddy duddy.” You spell out situations to avoid: Drinking too much at parties, on dates, or during events out; talking too long and too late in the car; talking too long and too late anywhere; sleepovers; laying down together; kissing laying down; kissing sitting down; maybe even kissing standing up; not to mention kissing with any portion of your clothing removed. I’m just giving a list of situations that can become – or are – minefields for a couple trying to date chastely.

Now, a couple of those situations listed are “avoid at all cost” – drinking too much, clothes off.

We could encourage each other and stand strong together. When you’re in the moment—when you’re watching a movie in a dark room and everyone else has gone to bed—is the time to talk about your boundaries.

Building trust in a slow and steady way involves establishing emotional boundaries — a set of dos and don’ts that guides you through the exchange of emotions without going too deep too fast.

Emotional boundaries can be difficult to establish.

You give clear-cut advice on physical parameters in a chaste relationship, and you write that “If you’re serious about embracing chastity, you have to become a bit of an old fuddy duddy.” You spell out situations to avoid: Drinking too much at parties, on dates, or during events out; talking too long and too late in the car; talking too long and too late anywhere; sleepovers; laying down together; kissing laying down; kissing sitting down; maybe even kissing standing up; not to mention kissing with any portion of your clothing removed. I’m just giving a list of situations that can become – or are – minefields for a couple trying to date chastely.

Now, a couple of those situations listed are “avoid at all cost” – drinking too much, clothes off.

Though I don’t claim to have all the answers, God really challenged my heart on this subject during my season of dating.