Young Man Attracted to His Girlfriend's Sister

Our advice is that you break up with the girl you've been dating and take a hiatus from any further contact with her family for a reasonable period - maybe six months or so. That will allow time for the emotional dust to settle, for the girl and her family to heal, and for you to get in touch with your own feelings. At the end of that period, you can think about re-establishing contact with the sister- if you still feel inclined to move ahead in that direction.

We understand that you're apprehensive about "causing dissension" in this family. Your feelings are only natural. To a certain extent, we want to encourage you to resist the temptation to assume a burden of guilt on that score. Things will play out as they will. Some people may experience pain in the process, but you can't control that. It isn't necessarily your fault, and you needn't view yourself as being directly "responsible" for that aspect of the situation.

At the same time, you do need to conduct yourself as a responsible person in all of your dealings and interactions with these people. If the young lady you've been dating is as "good, kindly, and godly" as you say, then you need to respect her accordingly. You also have an obligation to display a proper regard for the relationship you've enjoyed with her and for the feelings of every member of her family. All of this suggests that it would not be a good idea simply to "dump" her and rush straight into a new relationship with her sister. Back off and let things take their own course for a while. At that point, everyone will be in a better position to proceed with wisdom and sensitivity.

If you think it might be helpful to discuss your dilemma with a member of our staff, we'd like to invite you to call Focus on the Family's Counseling Department. You can reach them for a free consultation at this number.

Resources
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life (book)InDating

Emotions: Can You Trust Them? (book)

Pure Excitement: A Godly Look at Sex, Love & Dating (book)

Define the Relationship: A Candid Look at Breaking Up, Making Up, and Dating Well (book)

Referrals
Boundless - Boundless Webzine for Christian Singles

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