Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state.
Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
--Carolyn Heilbrun (1926 - )
Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
--J. Edgar Hoover
Genesis 2:25 (NLT)
Now, although Adam and his wife were both naked, neither of them felt any shame.
From Life Aplication notes
2:25 Have you ever noticed how a little child can run naked through a room full of strangers without embarrassment? He is not aware of his nakedness, just as Adam and Eve were not embarrassed in their innocence. But after Adam and Eve sinned, shame and awkwardness followed, creating barriers between themselves and God. We often experience these same barriers in marriage. Ideally a husband and wife have no barriers, feeling no embarrassment in exposing themselves to each other or to God.
But, like Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7), we put on fig leaves (barriers) because we have areas we don’t want our spouse, or God, to know about. Then we hide, just as Adam and Eve hid from God. In marriage, lack of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual intimacy usually precedes a breakdown of physical intimacy. In the same way, when we fail to expose our secret thoughts to God, we break our lines of communication with him.
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