I have found that the secret of staying in love can be summed up in one potent word: Intimacy. You won't find the word intimacy in the Bible at all. Instead, it speaks of oneness in marriage; a oneness that has been designed to meet our needs of companionship and completion, and to relieve the loneliness that is part of being a human being. Since this is precisely what intimacy does, we can view it as the vehicle that carries out God's plan to bless us in marriage.
Oneness has a deeper significance and intimacy a higher purpose. Oneness contains such depth of meaning that the Word calls it a great mystery. Scripture informs us of two amazing things about this oneness. First, the husband-wife relationship is designed to reflect God's image. In marriage, neither the husband nor the wife can do this alone. It takes two together united as one to reflect God's nature. Second, the New Testament reveals something even more mysterious. God has chosen the one flesh union of husband and wife to depict and paint the picture of the intimate closeness and permanent love relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ and His church. So, intimacy in marriage becomes the expression of the oneness that reflects God's image and Christ's love to the world around us. I believe that it is a vital part of our witness to a lost generation and to our own children.
When we consider intimacy in this light, it acquires a new sense of urgency. We stop asking ourselves what is in this intimate relationship for me to enjoy and begin to ponder what is there in the intimacy of our marriage for God's glory.
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