Tips for your first Christian date

When you've managed to get your first date through you might be feeling a little nervous: but don't worry - your date will most likely be feeling the same way! So how do you prepare, and make sure that you get the most of your first date?

The person you've found might just be the one for you, so it can be nerve-wracking trying to work out the right things to say, and how to act. However, if you follow these tips, you'll have first date success, and might even find your Christian match asks you on date number two!

Be honest

Be upfront about your Christian views: after all, this is a shared belief that has brought you together. Being open about your views and beliefs will help filter out the good from the bad: after all, if someone holds totally different Christian beliefs to you, you might not want to go ahead with a second date.

You should also be honest about who you are as well - it's an old rule, but don't be tempted to stretch the truth about who you are and what you do, as it might come back to haunt you. As Proverbs 20:17 says: "Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel."

Don't come on too strong

As a Christian, marriage will most likely be at the front of your mind when seeking out a new partner. However, don't come on too strong with talk of marriage on the first date! It's a huge commitment, and while it will be on the horizon if you find a partner you're happy with, it can be off-putting on the first date to talk about something so serious and committed.

Use the first date to find out more about each other, and to find out whether your date's traits are what you are looking for in a partner.

You should also be wary of making physical contact without asking first - you might feel comfortable holding hands or giving a kiss on the cheek when you say goodbye, but your date might not feel comfortable doing that until you've got to know each other first.

Seek advice

Whether you turn to the Bible, your vicar, or a friend for advice, it's always good to seek out some words of advice or inspiration from experience. Lots of people you know will have gone through first date nerves, so you can find out what they did to get them through the date.

Whatever steps you take to prepare for your first date, there's one last tip you should remember: don't forget their name! As long as you remember that, your date should run smoothly. Good luck!