A Little Dating Advice for Singles

by David Maxson

"Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish on him"(II Samuel 14:25).

How much stock do you put into appearance?

To some, it's the first (and only) thing they see, especially when looking for a mate. For them, Absalom would stand out as a good catch. He was wealthy, powerful, good-looking, and apparently a smooth talker (see II Samuel 15:1-6).

But you wouldn't want to date a man like Absalom. He was a rebellious, vengeful, murderous, lying, manipulating, prideful, power-hungry young man whose lack of character ultimately led to his own premature death.

So to all the singles out there looking for a husband or wife, I encourage you to be discriminating and careful about who you date. Don't be deceived by externals. A good marriage is built on a common faith in God and solid character. A marriage built on appearance alone is doomed to fail.

Father, please give wisdom and discernment to our singles who are looking for a mate!

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