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"Us 4 Cuddling on the Couch"

“Us 4 Cuddling on the Couch”

Intimacy: I’ve been playing through this word a lot lately.
Last week, when blogs went all whirly with differing perspectives on the Fifty Shades Debate, I wanted to join in. I wanted to be one of the big kids on the virtual blog playground, throw in my two cents, you know, feel like I could hang with the big dogs.

But I could not pull my thoughts together in a meaningful way. In short, our conviction is we aren’t going to see it. I’m kind of blunt. I think if you have two free hours, and you’re married, you should go jump in bed with your husband. (You may have 50 shades, but it will not be dreary or gray!)

Intimacy: we all want it. And it is not limited to sex. It gets thrown into that arena the most, but there is a lot more to it. And I think there may lie some issue with Fifty Shades, it suggests and shows intimacy inaccurately, falsely. When you know the good and purity in something, and you see it tarnished, it is a bummer.

The dictionary defines intimacy as “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.” We want closeness, the safety of familiarity, and loving personal relationships. We want acceptance and confidence that who we really, truly are, is enough.

The above picture made my morning today. Our 4 year old daughter drew it on the way to school. When I asked her what it was, she said “Us 4, cuddling on the couch.” That is intimacy. Closeness that cuddles and smiles together.

And so, I am meditating on intimacy much these days. How can I better communicate closeness to my husband, my children, the kids at church, the women at church? These are all people worthy of intimacy.

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John provides poignant contrasts in these few verses: sin and lawlessness versus Jesus who was sin free, yet chose to personalize, embody, take on that lawlessness to reunite us with God. Sin separates and divides, but to know Jesus is to be changed and to be positively unified. Jesus so intimately surrendered to the ultimate separation between him and his Father so that we may have a chance – this is mind boggling. To understand that he went one from one extreme to the other – a man of no sin to a man full of sin, to a man who took away and continues to take away our sins, is to look at life differently. We should look amongst our fellowships, dig in to our relationships and see change and celebrate it fervently.

{Meditations on 1 John 3:4-6}


John warns the disciples to be aware that there have been and will be those that are anti-Christ. The denial may be verbal, or non-verbal, but their actions will demonstrate a life-style that opposes Christ. Such people have come and are coming. They may even appear to be with the group, but their failure to commit or remain, there lack of belonging to the truth, will identify them as being opposed to Christ. Christ is the ultimate example of remaining – he appeared to his disciples after resurrection Sunday – personally appearing first to bind the broken hearted Mary Magdalene.

The believers addressed by John were shaken up by the division among their group, by those who lifestyle denied Jesus as Christ and as God the Father. John makes such a powerful point in verse 22, that those who deny Jesus as the Christ –the King sent by God to redeem – also in turn denies God as Father. One, therefore, does not get to pick and choose convictions on Jesus, on whether he is the Christ, and on God, on whether he is the Father. You either commit to the whole shebang or you don’t.

Despite the dark undertones of talk on anti-christs, John continually writes to lift up and encourage. The spotlight remains on God’s truth. Every believer, especially when rocked by division in their own fellowship, can benefit from the assurance that they know and have the truth, and the challenge to not let that truth be compromised by the actions, or lack of actions of others. John reiterates his earlier profession of the purity of God’s message -there is no falsehood, in him there is no darkness. Through his anointing, we take part in that purity, we become one with that truth, and are challenged to remain in that truth. Trust and rely on that pure truth and cling to God, particularly through the trials that try to separate believers from God and believers from one another.

{Meditations on 1 John 2:18-22}