Affair-Proof Your Marriage Through Intimacy
In the last two devotionals, we have learned that we can affair-proof our marriages through positive affirmation and companionship. The third way to affair-proof your marriage is by making intimacy a priority.
Let me take you back to the Scripture we read yesterday, Song of Solomon 7:10-13,
I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth to the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine has budded, whether the grape blossoms are open, and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. The mandrakes give off a fragrance, and at our gates are pleasant fruits, all manner, new and old, which I have laid up for you, my beloved.
These verses paint a beautiful picture of intimacy between a husband and wife. Couples need to have physical intimacy. In fact, the New Testament commands the husband and wife not to deprive one another except by mutual consent, and then only if they are going to fast and pray.
So how do you create an atmosphere of intimacy? It starts with affirming your spouse. Notice that Solomon has been affirming his wife, complimenting her, building her up.
Now guys, you need to understand that women are wired differently than you. In order for a woman to be intimate, she needs to speak and be spoken to. You have to create an atmosphere for intimacy.
For most husbands, they just catch a glimpse of their wife in the shower and they are ready to go. But for women, it starts differently than that. She is aroused by words, sincere words, and it usually starts around breakfast time.
Take time today to create an atmosphere of intimacy. If you do, you will be on your way to experiencing true intimacy, as we will see in tomorrow's devotional.
The Ten Commandments for Marriage
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