Now that we're married, she wants to keep her friends and sees no problem going out for lunch with them or meeting them for coffee to "catch up." I'm uncomfortable with this.
Am I wrong or is it okay to have close friends of the opposite sex when you're married? It's okay and even valuable to have opposite-sex friends.
It's especially critical in the early (and usually the most difficult) years of marriage that you invest as much time and attention as possible in cultivating that relationship.
This happens by spending time with, listening to, and talking with your mate, the one who needs to become your "best" friend.
A wiser, God-honoring approach involves first establishing the groundwork of friendship, which allows opportunity to explore each other’s character, commonalities, background, and spiritual commitment.
At a recent Southern Baptist conference on sexuality, pastor Kie Bowman suggested men not "get in a car (alone) with woman who is not your wife unless she's your mother's age." On the other end of the spectrum, Christian writers like Dan Brennan and Jonalyn Fincher argue that "cross-sex friendships" are worth the risk, even if one or both of the friends are married.
If 1 and 2 Samuel had recounted David's friendship with Jonatha instead of Jonathan, or if God had included an 11th commandment on friendship, we might have ...
While we love to talk about dating, marriage and love, it’s important to remember the importance of our friendships.
Believe offers great advice for Christians who want to strengthen their relationships, resolve conflicts and make new friends.