Connect To, Connect Two, Connect Too
Connection or close relationship is a theme that is found throughout the Bible. In marriage there should be three connections.
Connect To-This has to do with our individual connection. If we are going to be connected to our partner we need to be connected to the Source of all relationship. When we are connected to God we can find that we connect to who we are and why we are here. When this is known individually it sets up for knowing those close to us better.
Connect Two-God wants us to have intimate relationship. He says that it is not good for us to be alone. The most intimate of relationships is to be the husband and wife relationship. This is displayed for sexual union is only to take place in the marriage relationship. Intimacy is to be experienced spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Such intimacy is consummated by sex.
Connect Too-For a marriage to be all it can be it should be also connected to others. A marriage that is connected with healthy social friendships and interactions is a healthy one. This would include such mutual relationships as friends and family. It is also beneficial for couples to be involved in ministry or social projects that make a contribution. Giving to others helps to give back to the marriage. I will be expanding this thought in my talk at North Point University on April 20thas I conclude a six-week seminar there on that date.
Questions to Ponder: How honest am I to God right now? Really? Of the five areas of intimacy (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social) which is most connected right now? Which is least connected? How can I change that? How would I rate the social connection in our marriage?
Scripture: Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. (NIV)