In romantic relationships, the goal is to communicate in a loving, giving manner—to be affectionate.
Affection is defined as “tender and loving feelings” or a “stirring of loving emotions,” and it stems from a desire to affect someone’s heart, mind, or soul.
Acts of physical affection progress as the friendship and relationship grows, with the couple eventually arriving at a place where marriage makes sense physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
The physical connection is important because it distinguishes a romantic relationship from a friendship, but it shouldn’t be the foundation or the first element of the relationship.
Although no time is specified for adding the icing, the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual intimacy should come first.
As a relationship deepens, the friendship elements should continue progressing at a steady rate, and the physical should slowly follow.
With intercourse out of the question, there are ways to grow in intimacy with another and yet remain chaste.
When it comes to intimacy, the million-dollar question is “How far is too far?In this way, the other intimacies support the physical.All healthy physical acts should be an outpouring of the strong personal connection of the couple.A healthy romantic relationship should be based on a friendship, with physical acts being the “icing on the cake.” A cake isn’t made with icing in the dough; it would never rise.You must first make the cake (relationship) with the essential ingredients of flour (great conversation), sugar (fun together), eggs (similar moral values, spiritual agreement), and brown sugar (respect, honor).The sequence of growth for the friendship intimacies is not as important as the fact that they should develop before the physical.