If you start dating prematurely, you could be hurting — rather than honoring — those you date.
And each new boyfriend has developed a relationship with Sharon's son, Branden.
Unfortunately, Branden's father abandoned him, so it's understandable that he longs for a relationship with a father figure.
Not only does going slow give you time to heal, but it also helps you better assess those you date.
If you have taken the time to understand yourself and the dynamics that contributed to your divorce, you are more likely to make a godly choice in choosing the second time.
Be aware that when you commit to remain celibate until you remarry, there may be some people who will try to convince you that you are being unreasonable. Instead, run the other direction and resolve to date only fellow believers who share your convictions.
The Bible is clear about this: Maintaining your sexual integrity is not optional; neither is getting romantically involved with someone who doesn't share your faith (2 Cor. Above all, God wants to come first in all you do (Matthew ). During that time, several men have come and gone from her life.
And as with any loss, big or small, time is needed to grieve and to reassess who you are, where you've been and where God wants you to go.
Healing is also necessary to follow God's command to" do unto others what you would have them do unto you," (Matthew ).
After experiencing the comforts of marriage, it can be tempting to settle for less than God's best.
You may believe the lie that you'll never find a godly man or woman, that you'll have to accept whoever comes along.
Scripture warns believers to "guard your heart" (Proverbs ).