Often, these courtships led to successful marriages that lasted lifelong.
Fast forward to today’s dating scene and we see surface-level connections, one night stands, and high divorce rates.
The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.
We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they've encountered despite their best intentions.
Instead of enjoying their teen years as they build skills and character, they are getting distracted into the quagmire of relationships that they are not equipped to conduct.
The teen years are those where they have the fewest responsibilities at the same time as having their greatest energy level. They should be an opportunity to develop a deep, intimate and personal walk with God, establishing themselves as young warriors who know the Father and have overcome the evil one (1 John ).
The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.
Furthermore, there is vast individual variation between couples.
Unfortunately, however, our culture teaches our singles to engage in multiple dating relationships as though it were a normal and useful practise.
The truth is, the modern dating system has only been around for less than a century.
When hearing the term, many have images of their grandparents being chaperoned by their parents with their special someone.
In those days, courting was about getting to know your potential partner as much as possible in a safe, pure environment.
Prior to that time, marriage always involved much more input from the parents, and "trial relationships" leading up to marriage were not conducted at all.