Showing Restraint in Relationships

In the Christian classic Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot wrote about her courtship with her first husband: “Nothing was harder for a woman in love to endure and nothing was stronger proof of the character of the man Jim Elliot than his restraint of power.”

“Restraint of power” – or self-control – is a crucial aspect of Biblical dating. Elliot discusses this principle in Chapter 11, titled “Impatience”...

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