Meeting your spouse begins with prayer. There is no better place to meet your husband or wife than through church, family, or friends. But as our society has become increasingly fractured and individuals have become more and more isolated, it has become increasingly difficult to find your husband or wife in a safe, Christian environment. With social networking and our growing dependence on technology, it has become a fact of life that the Internet has become a real and legitimate source of making connections on a personal, relational level. Whether you meet your husband or wife online or use online dating sites as a hub or meeting place to explore the possibilities, the trend of dating online is on the rise.
Christian dating websites such as ChristianCafe.Com offer a ten day trial before signing up. This is a great way to explore the possibility of whether a Christian dating website is a viable possibility for you. ChristianMingle.com also allows you to join free for access to parts of their site.
The free trial offers are the best way to find out whether or not online dating is God’s choice for you or not–coupled with diligent prayer. For such an important decision in your life, it is always important to pray and seek God’s will for your life. Read His Word daily and learn from Biblical principles and apply them even to things such as online dating.
Another online resource for dating is consumer feedback. What have other people who have partook in these sites experienced? Consumer-Rankings.com, for example reviews the best products and services on the net by providing comprehensive comparison tables based research that their team has conducted. They list, for example, comparisons of the best dating websites, including popular dating sites such as Match.Com, Chemistry.com, PerfectMatch.Com, and eHarmony.com, and Spark. While these are not specifically Christian websites, there are often Christians on these networks as well and many of these networks offer matches with Christians in your area. It also helps to look into dating reviews sites to find discounts and coupons that may help extend your membership or offer a price-break if you decide to join.
I cannot stress enough, however, to be careful and prayerful if you decide to try an online dating service. Often with the Internet, we may forget that these are real people we are connecting to and we must continue to conduct ourselves with the values that we have been taught as Christians. Continue to go to church, read the Bible, and ask God whether online dating is right for you, or whether He prefers that you simply wait on Him to bring you your spouse, as He did all the great patriarchs and matriarchs in the Bible!
I pray that God blesses you and helps you to seek His will in both your dating and marriage relationships. Stay pure.