No matter who you are or what your beliefs are, relationships can be tough. Sometimes it simply can be a difficult thing to live with another person day in and day out because of all of our human imperfections. This is true even in a Christian relationship. Here are some guidelines on how to maintain a healthy Christian relationship.
The very most important thing that you need to do in your relationship is to always make sure that you put God first. Yes, it seems the obvious thing to do for any Christian couple but sometimes you can get caught up in the thrill of the relationship, especially if it's a new one that you sometimes might leave God behind without realizing it. So make sure that you pray together, read the Bible together as you are establishing your relationship as well as during your relationship.
Make sure that you have standards set in your relationship. You should try to set physical standards if you are just dating and aren't married. Of course this is difficult but you really need to be honest and specific about your standards within your relationship. Be honest with each other with what you will and will not do. If there are issues you are struggling with then make sure to sit down and talk about them and work through them. There is no shame in struggling and it's a lot easier if you work it out together and not individually.
Always be honest in your relationship. You need to be honest with each other and you need to also be honest with God and you need to hold each other accountable as partners in the relationship. Yes, a romantic relationship is exciting and thrilling but it is also something that makes you become more open, more vulnerable and it gives you the opportunity to love someone deeper than you ever have before.
Make sure to talk about important things in your lives. Don't just talk about the movies you seen or enjoy or the music you like and where you want to go on vacation. You need to talk about your own relationship with God, what your core values are, what your idea of a great future is, your struggles you've had in your past and so on. Make sure to talk about things that are important to you, the things that define who you are and allow them to do the same thing.
Don't isolate yourselves as a couple. Make sure to do things with your friends and with your family members. Sure it's a good thing to have time alone together but, this can cause potential problems and this is why you need to branch out and include friends and family members.
At some point in the relationship you are going to have to figure out where the relationship is going. You need to figure out if it's serious and might lead to marriage or if it's nice and fun but you don't see it going anywhere. If you don't see it going anywhere then it's not fair to the other person to keep the relationship going. If it is more serious then you should start thinking about what the next steps are going to be in the relationship.
And again, put God first. Yes it's listed at the top but it should also be listed here again because throughout the entire relationship you are going to have a continual need for God to be present. It is just way too easy to get distracted with other things. So remember to spend time with God, pray and read the Bible. The wisdom from the Bible will serve your relationship good.