Six Characteristics For A Potential Mate

The following article is by Dennis Rainey and can be found here. Dennis is the president of FamilyLife, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ. He and his wife, Barbara, have six children and nine grandchildren. I thought it was a great article and, since it’s copyright, I’ve only put part of it here to encourage you to click over and read it for yourself. 🙂 There are six characteristics listed for young men and six for young ladies. There are only two of each below to give you a taste-tester but it is well worth clicking over to read the rest. Apart from that, the FamilyLife website seems to have a lot of great articles for everybody!

I am often asked, “What should a single person look for in a potential spouse?” Singles want to know…and parents want to know so they can pass the information on to the children. So I finally came up with the following list:

A young lady should seek a young man who…

1. Fears God.
Some of the ways you can tell if a young man fears God is by his language and how he treats other people. Does he treat them with respect? If not, why not? We as human beings are made in the image of God, and respecting people ultimately shows a heart that reverences the One whom we reflect.

2. Is not afraid to love.
That may sound like a no-brainer, but a lot of young men today are afraid of commitment, and the young lady ends up chasing the young man. What we need today are more young men who are not afraid of being real, authentic, and committed to a young lady in a relationship. We need men who are not afraid to love.

3. Click here to read the entire article!

A young man should seek a young lady who…


1. Fears God and whose hope is in the Lord God.

Her life is going to be a reflection of where her hope is. If a young lady’s hope is in any place other than the Lord, the young who marries her is going to spend the rest of his life trying to help his wife catch a butterfly. It isn’t going to happen.

2. Honors her parents.
There is so much baggage today being brought into marriages based upon dysfunctional relationships with Mom and Dad. And even though this impacts both the husband and the wife, it’s been my experience that women tend to be impacted more negatively by this than young men. Women tend to be more nurturing and they are impacted deeply by hurting relationships. If she has a hard time honoring her parents, she will have a hard time honoring you. Find someone who has or is working to have a healthy relationship with her parents.

3. Click here to read the entire article!

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