No, this is a Mistake, to give this guidance: "You'll need to make sure that the date for both transactions is the same." Please learn from my input here.
They are dated for Reality. You don't need them to be the same, if in reality they didn't happen on the same date. You are telling someone to make an error by changing their financial activity dates.
I gave instructions for how to Fix this by applying them Now. This fixes the Status that this is showing Not Applied. All this has is Unapplied Credits and open AR Balances that need to be Applied.