Dating a pretentious guy
Within that context, I think it is good to remember that we have an eternal bond in Jesus Christ, and that bond requires something of us because of what we have received in Him.So whenever a man initiates friendship or more with us, and that's not our preference, we need to treat him graciously as a brother.And yet, he needs encouragement to initiate a relationship — which is why he is there talking to me.My job as his friend is to help him figure out what he is going to say and assure him that he is doing the right thing in stepping up to the plate.I want other single women to benefit from these many conversations, too.
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And wouldn't you want that from the last woman future husband pursues?
(Don't lose me here in all the hypotheticals.) More importantly than this, don't we all want to be the kind of women who please our Father because we are imitating His Son?
But I do believe we women can smooth over some of that awkwardness by putting away self-righteousness, arrogance and selfishness in these interactions, and instead clothing ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience (Colossians ).
In saying this, I'm not suggesting that a woman must accept every initiative or invitation that comes her way.