Dancing with your feet is one thing; dancing with your soul is another.
Couples dancing is a partnership where two people flow together in unison, each with their own unique steps beautifully choreographed to create a movement that moves the soul.
The partnership God created in love is uniquely designed to bring Glory to His Name. How we are viewed by the world in our “dance of love” with another will reflect His Love for us.
There are some wonderful similarities between dancing and the love between a man and a woman. Below are some wonderful parallels to dance that we can apply to the way that God wants us to understand courtship and dating:
- As a novice, you might experience awkwardness getting to know your partner. Be patient and understand that steps for your partner might not come as easily. Never brag or boast about how much better you are than your partner.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- It is important to be a willing student so that your Teacher can help refine your steps more quickly.
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
- It takes time to mature into the best partner you can be. Always have a teachable posture and a humble attitude. Listen carefully to Instruction and do what is asked without arguing. Be open to correction and change.
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
- Focus on your part and how you can be the best possible partner. It is not for you to worry about the steps of the other. You have plenty to do to refine your own steps. Leave the teaching to the Teacher and concentrate on your part.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless.
- Practice, train, and make adjustments carefully and completely in private, not in public. You do not want the audience to see you working out in public what should be addressed and improved in private. Don’t argue about the little things – do your part to attain the mutual goal in peace and harmony.
2 Timothy 2:22-24
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
- Remember that you could not do this without your partner. Give your partner the respect and honor they deserve for doing the very best with the gifts and talents given to them. Remember to encourage and praise your partner always.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
- Give grace to your partner and to yourself. Expect difficulties and mistakes. How you move through challenges will reflect your maturity. Remember to be united in all things and not blame the other for missing the mark. This is a partnership, not a one-man-show. Present your best always in public and in private so that you will be gracious to respond accordingly in all situations.
1 Corinthians 12:26
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
The dance of love is only beautiful to watch when it is directed and choreographed by Jesus Christ. Let him do the work in you and through you to become the unique individual you are and at the same time, a perfect partner for someone else.