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I discourage you from "going out" or "dating" too early. The Bible has much to say about developing good friendships but nothing about dating.

As you grow older and a good friendship develops into a romantic relationship, be careful to keep things on the right track.

In case you're not sure, here are six reasons to break off a relationship that has gotten off track:
  1. If you are being pressured in any way to take the relationship to a "physical" level, know it is inappropriate.
  2. If you are verbally, mentally, or physically abused in any way, get out of the relationship - quickly.
  3. If your partner doesn't show the spiritual drive and Christian attributes that you know are necessary to be strong for Christ, it's time to let go.
  4. If you feel used in any way for what you have, give, own, or provide, don't stay in the relationship. Be sure the person likes (or loves) you. Period.
  5. If you find the person to be a liar, don't stick around. Trust can only be built on truth.
  6. If the person breaks up with you, let go. Seriously. There are many fish in the sea, and you may have just gotten rid of "Jaws" so move on!

    Source: Every Teenager's Little Black Book of Hard to Find Information
    by Blaine Bartel.
    Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Blaine Bartel
Web site: Blaine Bartel
Blaine is a modern-day Lazarus. Jesus resurrected him out of 23 years of sexual addiction and the death of everything he held dear. Today he coaches men out of sexual brokenness and into the Jesus life. Blaine and his wife Lori reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They love going on long walks from the kitchen to the living room and have a weakness for reality shows. Along with his speaking and coaching, Blaine is a writer and has recently shared his resurrection story in his latest book, "Death by a Thousand Lies." For the inquiring mind, a complete history is below.

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