"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matthew -28.) Who would say that he or she who pets has not become lustful, has not become passionate? Too often, young people dismiss their petting with a shrug of their shoulders as a little indiscretion, while admitting that fornication is a base transgression.Too many of them are shocked, or feign to be, when told that what they have done in the name of petting was in reality fornication. The devil knows how to destroy our young girls and boys.I nodded my head, and then went home to look up "petting" in the dictionary. Then I looked up "fondling" and read something about touching.
This is a major reason why people get hurt, and why there's heartache.
Kisses are wonderful, but they are powerful and should be handled with great care.
In fact, as the old saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words." With that idea in mind, let's ask some questions. Some will say, "I don't know about that; I don't think kisses mean I love you." Perfect. Maybe kisses mean something different to you than they do to me, or to him, or her.
If you put your arm around someone on a date, what are you saying (without using words)? And that's exactly why we have to be careful - because we could be telling lies with our actions.
Necking, another word that confuses some youth, refers to heavy kissing, passionate kissing, or "making out." Necking often leads to petting. Kimball on the topic, taken from The Teachings of Spencer W. Necking is the younger member of this unholy family.