A Deeper Layer of Intimacy

A Deeper Layer of Intimacy
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
October 8, 2023

1 Corinthians 6:13; Colossians 3:5
Do people truly understand the deeper meaning of intimacy, or do they throw the word around? Let's talk about being close to someone on a deep level, a special connection beyond just being physically together.

Many people think being intimate only means being in bed with someone, but they are mistaken! True intimacy, my friend, goes beyond what we can touch or see. Let me explain it to you in simpler terms, using the Bible as a guide.

Intimacy is not just about sharing our bodies; it's about sharing our souls (1 Corinthians 6:19). It's about being vulnerable and showing our deepest fears, insecurities, and hurts to someone who accepts us without judgment. This is like how our Lord lovingly holds our hearts, comforting us in our pain and sadness.

When we experience true intimacy, we can share our thoughts, pasts, and traumas with another person, knowing they will listen with care and understanding. Just like the sovereign Lord listens to us, the people we are close to should do the same (1 John 5:14-15). In this safe space, we can reveal our brokenness and receive kindness and love from those who support us.

Listen, my friend, intimacy is like finding a safe place in the presence of someone else. It's a sanctuary where we can be ourselves without fearing rejection. In a world where people often pretend to be someone else, intimacy gives us a break and allows our true selves to be seen and celebrated. Just like our Savior Jesus reassures us with His loving words, saying, "You are safe with me," the people who offer us true intimacy should echo these exact caring words (Matthew 11:28-30).

Indeed, my friend, true intimacy is a rare treasure beyond the physical. It's a bond of affection and love that says, "I see you for who you truly are, and I love you no matter what." So, let's cherish those who offer us this gift of genuine intimacy because they will be there for us through life's ups and downs. They will remind us that we are never alone on this beautiful but sometimes difficult journey in good times and bad.

Let's cultivate true intimacy in our relationships, following the teachings of Christ and the love He gives us. And as we do, let's remember the words from Proverbs 18:24, "A person with many friends may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." May we be blessed with such friends, and may we also be a source of true intimacy for those we meet along the way. Amen.

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