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Actually, I take that question back. According to those definitions, my question has no bearing, and I don't think that's a form of "petting". Okay. I take it back. Sorry.

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[quote name='Vasilius Konstantinos' date='14 June 2009 - 09:25 PM' timestamp='1245043529' post='1891101']
Love is the time you held his/her hand when they were in more pain than they could bare. Love is when you carried your spouse to the toilet when they could no longer walk to it, and helped them with every duty needed. Love is when you can wake up after a horrible night in disagreement, still be in disagreement and still be able to tend to their needs and wants even in anger. Love is being able to wake up and admit you were wrong when you were. Love is being able to listen even if you heard it said 1000 times 1000. And finally love is being able to see them at their worst and accept them as they see you at your worst and accept them. This does not take place right away and in some marriages it can take place after fifty years of marriage. [b]but you are not in love until you can do all this and much more.[/b]

This is why marriage councilors roll their eyes when they hear "we're in love and want to get married"...
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I have to highly highly disagree with the bolded line. Human love grows in perfection but is not itself perfect.

The descriptions you gave above can be reached during this life, but even then only with heroic virtue and grace. To say only those with heroic virtue can be in love is majorly false. It is [b]through love[/b] that we attain heroic virtue.

I love my fiancee, but I may not yet ungrudingly take her to the bathroom and clean her body and the bathroom from her bowel movements. I would still do it, but not ungrudingly or uncomplaintant in my heart. Will I reach a point where I could do such an action completely lovingly? I hope so, but just because I can't now doesn't mean I don't love her.

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[quote name='Sacred Music Man' date='04 December 2009 - 01:50 PM' timestamp='1259952641' post='2014431']
So, to rehash an old discussion, would there be okay grounds to do this? E.g. caressing a cheek?
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Doing that in a loving way seems just fine. The manner in which it is done is what really matters. A sweet and gentle caress is different from a steamy stroke that looks to intentionally arouse someone.

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I just re-read this thread and conversed with Missionseeker about it. Wow! The puritanism! But yet, there is much wisdom in the pages. It's quite the help in finding an objective stance in our relationship.

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[quote name='Sacred Music Man' date='20 December 2009 - 01:52 AM' timestamp='1261291946' post='2023385']
I just re-read this thread and conversed with Missionseeker about it. Wow! The puritanism! But yet, there is much wisdom in the pages. It's quite the help in finding an objective stance in our relationship.
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An objective stance, eh? That's what you're calling it now? ;)

Kidding, of course...:seesaw:

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[quote name='Sacred Music Man' date='20 December 2009 - 02:52 AM' timestamp='1261291946' post='2023385']
I just re-read this thread and conversed with Missionseeker about it. Wow! The puritanism! But yet, there is much wisdom in the pages. It's quite the help in finding an objective stance in our relationship.
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Indeed, but puritanism has a reason and a place in a God-based relationship. :mellow:

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[quote name='MissyP89' date='20 December 2009 - 08:03 PM' timestamp='1261357426' post='2023773']
An objective stance, eh? That's what you're calling it now? ;)

Kidding, of course...:seesaw:
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Well then! :hehe:

[quote name='BG45' date='20 December 2009 - 08:06 PM' timestamp='1261357568' post='2023774']
Indeed, but puritanism has a reason and a place in a God-based relationship. :mellow:
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I reckon that is a challenge! What is wrong with holding my girlfriend close? Especially when we're always far away? :P

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[quote name='Sacred Music Man' date='21 December 2009 - 02:34 PM' timestamp='1261427649' post='2024104']


I reckon that is a challenge! What is wrong with holding my girlfriend close? Especially when we're always far away? :P
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You'll get no argument from me. :)

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Im not sure what to say about this since I haven't had a boy friend or been kissed. I say it depends on the couple. I know that when I have a serious boy friend I'll try not to kiss for too long because I've seen how hard it is to stop. I don't think groping is appropriate for unmarried people. Im not even sure what petting means though :unsure: Im an advocate for cuddling. Im sure I'll be a cuddle bug when my time comes. Basically, one needs to know their limits. Also understand, girls, that it's much harder for a guy to stop "macking" suddenly than it is for a girl. I'd want to refrain from going too far just for the sake of my guy.

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[quote name='Sacred Music Man' date='21 December 2009 - 12:34 PM' timestamp='1261427649' post='2024104']
Well then! :hehe:


I reckon that is a challenge! What is wrong with holding my girlfriend close? Especially when we're always far away? :P
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the fact that you're far away makes it all the more reason for you to not get really close for long periods of time.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder... distance also makes the hormones turn into raging barbaric fiends that will stop at near nothing before getting their way.


I haven't seen my fiancee in 5 months and she comes in 4 days... Our boundaries are set higher then ever before and we're more strict about them because of how much we miss physical touch.

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[quote name='tinytherese' date='22 December 2009 - 02:00 PM' timestamp='1261519206' post='2024659']
I'd say that when a couple first begins seeing each other that they should discuss this topic of boundaries.
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I agree

I discussed it with my fiancee before I let myself hold her hand and let the physical aspect of the relationship begin.

funny thing about the history of this post. I actually created this thread a few months before dating my current fiancee and it was in question as to what kind of boundaries should be set for us. I obviously took what I thought was prudent and wise from the thread and ditched the rest as this thread has opinions ranging atheist and puritan.

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[quote name='Moosey' date='22 December 2009 - 03:41 PM' timestamp='1261518105' post='2024645']
Im not sure what to say about this since I haven't had a boy friend or been kissed. I say it depends on the couple. I know that when I have a serious boy friend I'll try not to kiss for too long because I've seen how hard it is to stop. I don't think groping is appropriate for unmarried people. Im not even sure what petting means though :unsure: Im an advocate for cuddling. Im sure I'll be a cuddle bug when my time comes. Basically, one needs to know their limits. Also understand, girls, that [b]it's much harder for a guy to stop "macking" suddenly than it is for a girl[/b]. I'd want to refrain from going too far just for the sake of my guy.
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I know this is kind of 'common knowledge' and all that, but I'll be honest, I have my doubts. I'm not convinced guys are actually that different when it comes to something like that.

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Oh Im sure you're right Nihil. I have no experience so it was merely an assumption based on what I've been told. I know it'd be hard for me personally to stop. But, it has been my understanding that guys have more of a drive than girls do.

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