Physical Intimacy and Spiritual Intimacy - Can the Two Really Go Together?
by Dr. Randy Carney
When a couple gets married, and they say, "for better or for worse," they are properly ready to begin a life together of physical intimacy.
What is the benefit of physical intimacy? Of course we know, the results of physical intimacy is often the blessing of children being brought into the world. Beyond that, though, physical intimacy is intended for pleasure.
Many studies and surveys have indicated that one of a man's greatest needs within the marriage relationship is that of physical intimacy. Of course the wife enjoys these times too, but, in most cases, the need for frequency does not seem to be reported as being as great for the wife. So, one of the benefits of physical intimacy is a happy husband. There is an old saying that goes, "When Mama ain't happy, nobody is happy," but it probably is just as true that when Papa is not happy, everything can become miserable for those around him.
Wives, on average, are more interested in relationships than perhaps husbands are. (That does not mean they are not interested at all.) There is a quality of relationship that could be described as spiritual intimacy. The benefit of that in a marriage is that the wife receives a great deal of fulfillment through spiritual intimacy.
For the Christian couple, there is another aspect of spiritual intimacy, and that is a closeness between them and their God. That is one reason why marriage is a comparison of the relationship of Christ and the Church.
Which of these is most important? Actually, both are equally important.
Can it be true that you can have both physical and spiritual intimacy in your marriage? Indeed it can be. Not only can it be true, the inclusion of both types of intimacy in a marriage is the ideal. Properly understood each type adds to and enhances the other.
So, we have seen the benefits of physical intimacy, and we have seen that that aspect of marriage is particularly important for the man. Then, we have seen the benefits of spiritual intimacy, and we have see that that aspect of marriage is particularly important for the woman. Further, we have seen that spiritual intimacy plays a deep part in a couple's relationship with God in the case of a Christian Home.
Can a marriage experience both spiritual and physical intimacy. Yes! Not only is it true that the marriage can do this. It should do this.
We have seen that Physical Intimacy is important for any marriage. The LOVING Way to a Successful Marriage speaks of the importance of both types of intimacy,
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