1. Until you are fully aware of both the benefits and dangers of dating. Healthy relationships should always begin at the spiritual and intellectual levels – level of purpose, motivation, interests, dreams and personality.
2. You need to learn or work out a clear set of guidelines for behaviour based on God’s Word. Unless you settle those matters in your heart and mind beforehand you will have little protection against temptation and could easily go too far. Unless you plan ahead to keep yourself pure on a date, you probably would not. Dating is no place for a trial and error. If you are not sure (or understand what God expects or requires), find out first.
3. Resolve in your spirit that you will not lower or compromise those standards for any reason, even if it means losing dates.” Standing firm on what you believe in is a sign of both spiritual and emotional maturity.
4. You are ready to date when you don’t need to. Need involves demand and implies that there is something lacking in life. The opposite of need is choice, which allows for a decision. When you regard dating as a matter of choice rather than necessity, then you are ready. Happy and content whether with someone else or not. (Genesis 2:7-9, 15, 18-22). You are ready to date when you have first learned how to be single. How to be alone, but not lonely.
Be blessed. Happy dating.
Excerpt from Waiting and Dating by Myles Monroe. Buy the book and read for better understanding.