Here are the stages of celibacy:
Stage One: While You’re Dating Around
The first is celibacy while you’re dating around. Celibacy is probably most valuable at this stage in your romantic life because you’re clear-headed. Sex should remain on the sidelines, especially if you have a history of jumping into bed on the first date and ending up entangled in something that didn’t work out. At this stage, celibacy is easier. You’re not overly attached to anybody. You’re objective.
Stage Two: When You’re Dating Exclusively
You’ve met one person you really like and you’re getting to know them. Don’t be afraid to walk away and see what else God has in store. If he or she is hip to The Wait, then it’s up to you both to keep each other strong and committed. In some ways, this is the most challenging part of celibacy. You really like this person but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to something more serious yet. One tip: find other ways to feel stimulated when you’re together. Do things that get you excited about each other’s mind, creativity, or depth.
Stage Three: Being Celibate in a Committed Relationship. You’ve decided that yes, this person is worth marrying, and you’re ready to be exclusive. There are challenges at this stage, of course. You’re spending more time together than ever and talking about a life with each other. Sometimes, you might find yourself thinking, “It’s so close, why not just give in? We’ll probably get married anyway. In my spirit, you’re already my spouse.”🤣When you’re trying to keep your commitment to God at this time, the gift of foresight is incredibly useful. It gives us the power to avoid mistakes by being honest with ourselves about what might happen if we make choice A versus choice B.
Stage Four: When You’re Already in a Committed Relationship and Having Sex with Your Partner. Here, you might want to stop and practice The Wait, using the clarity of mind and purpose to see if this person is truy your spouse.
Text from @devonfranklin blog post*STAGES OF CELIBACY ~~~>>> contd in comment section.
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