Loving Well: Physical Touch: Various Texts

October 16th, 2017

Loving Well: Physical Touch

Various Texts

Acts of Service

  • Doing something for your someone that you know they would like

    • “Actions speak louder than words.”

Physical Touch

  • An expression of love that is felt physically by the beloved

    • Though this does not always necessitate physical contact

God as the Lover

  • In the Bible, God’s presence is described as being spirit (John 4:24)

    • Thus, indicating that He does not have a physical form
    • And yet, God is speaking of touching people (1 Sam. 10:26)
  • In His incarnation, Jesus often touched people as a means of expressing love
    • Healing the sick (Matt. 8:2-3)
    • Blessing the children (Mark 10:14-16)
  • Feeling the Holy Spirit’s presence
    • The physical and/or emotional sensation of God touching you

      • Like a warm embrace

Our Love for God

  • How do we reciprocate this kind of love to God?
  • Engaging our bodies as we worship
    • Raising hands, kneeling, laying prostrate
  • Engaging our emotions as we worship
    • Crying tears of joy or contrition
  • This is not a call to disengage our minds (1 Cor. 14:15)
    • But rather to give God all of us (Luke 10:27a)

 

Loving One Another

  • We can show each other love through physical touch in ways that are appropriate, as determined by our relationships
  • With our friends: handshakes, hugs, high-fives
  • With our kids: hugs, kisses, cuddles, wrestling, etc.
  • Within marriage: hugs, handle-holding, back rubs, sexual intimacy
  • In the Church
    • Greeting with handshakes and hugs (2 Cor. 13:12; see also Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 1 Pet. 5:14)
    • Praying with the laying on of hands & anointing with oil (Jas. 5:14)

Loving Our Community

  • Being the hands & feet of Jesus

    • Touching those who need God’s touch
  • Sharing in people’s joy & sorrow (Rom. 12:15)

 

Boundaries of Love

  • Physical touch, like all expressions of love, must be delivered in ways that are relationally appropriate
  • And in ways with which the beloved is comfortable
    • Respecting their boundaries

So What?

  • Have we been touched by God’s love?
  • Are we touching others with His love too?
    • Being the hands and feet of Jesus

 

Meditation Verse: Romans 12:15

 

 

 

 

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