This week we begin the topic ofprivacy in the couple, in the marriage. I am convinced that if the Lord insists on speaking about it, it is because many need it, I believe that many couples will experience a "reconnection", a refreshment in their intimacy during this series. Thank you Lord in advance!
In the image of God, we are relational beings. We were created by God (Col 1:16) to be in relationship with Him and in relation to one another. Nobody exists by himself and independently of others. Relationships is the idea of God. We all have a thirst for relationship within us.
We can be in touch with someone without ever being respondent with this person. But we all aspire somewhere to have some degree of intimacy with someone ... A relationship where you feel free to be naked ... free to be yourself ...
Marriage is the relationship in which we are called to experience the greatest dimension of intimacy with a human being. And the Bible shows us in Genesis that this is part of God's plan for marriage. When talking about intimacy in the couple, many think of sexual intimacy right away. But there are at least three dimensions of intimacy in the couple: spiritual intimacy, emotional intimacy, and sexual intimacy. The will of God is the man and his wife live in perfect intimacy and it is according to this desire that He has organized things at the moment of creation.
And Jehovah God formed a woman from the coast which he had taken from the man, and brought him to the man. And the man said, This time is that bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh! she will be called a woman, because she has been taken from man. Therefore the man will leave his father and his mother, and will cleave to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed of them. (Genesis 2: 22-25)
Adam and Eve were naked and they were not ashamed. They were exposed without any embarrassment, without being afraid of each other. Fear and shame were introduced into this couple when they sinned. After the sin entered this home, Adam and his wife hid. This is seen in Genesis 3.
The eyes of both of them opened, they knew they were naked, and having sewed fig leaves, they made themselves belts. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden toward evening, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God in the midst of the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3: 7-8)
Sin has affected the ability of Adam and his wife to be intimate with God and intimate with each other. And until today, many marriages suffer from this incapacity that the man and the woman have to be naked face to face ... Exposed one in front of the other ... Intimes one with the other.
But by His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus restored what we lost in Eden. His blood washed our sins and brought the healing, the restoration in all areas of our lives, including the relational domain! In the "package" of salvation, not only the ability to have a true and deep intimacy with God, to experience His presence at every moment of our lives, but also the ability to relate to God, is included (from the point of view of relationship). to have a rich and fulfilling intimacy with our spouse.
As born again Christians, we should consider it abnormal not to have a rich and fulfilling intimate relationship with our spouses, because the blood of Jesus flowed to restore our lives in a general way but also to restore that dimension of communion with our spouses who had been robbed by Satan. Let's not settle for less than the best of God!
If you go through a desert in your relationship, I have the heart to tell you that everything is not over! God wants to act in your relationship. God wants to restore you and will certainly do it if you open to Him now your heart and the doors of your home.
In the rest of this series, God willing, we will talk about the things that prevent to have a rich intimacy in the marriage, then we will see how to develop this intimacy with his spouse.
Good week !