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If I had a dime for every time someone has sat on my couch, in tears about a recent breakup, I’d be a rich man. As a general rule of thumb, if you stick a lot of single men and women in the same building, they’re usually going to spend time together and eventually get married. But if Christian dating looks no different from the world, our faith shows itself to be relatively useless. We need realistic expectations and must ultimately hope not in the person we’re dating, but in God who never fails. Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’ (Matt. That doesn’t mean you should be cruel; we are still called to speak the truth in love (Eph. Talk in person, not on email, Twitter, Facebook, or over the phone. Often the person initiating the breakup has taken a great deal of time to reach his/her conclusions, so he/she simply unloads and leaves. There are times when it will be helpful to leave room for a follow-up conversation, then return to hear and process together a bit. Paul writes in Romans , 21, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.