Emotional and Intellectual Fidelity

July 18, 2017

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:11

Fidelity to your spouse doesn’t stop with sexuality. The emotional and intellectual connection is very important as well.

The Hermanns schedule couple dialogue time to make sure that their emotional and intellectual needs are being met. When they are not
connected to each other intellectually and emotionally, they do not feel connected to God.

That emotional and intellectual connection feeds into the physical connection between a couple as well. When a couple doesn’t take time to understand one another’s emotional and intellectual needs, it can lead to a feeling of being used within the physical aspects of the marriage. The opposite is also true: when the emotional and intellectual relationship is strong, overall intimacy is much stronger.

Live It! Practical Tip for the Week: Schedule time every night, whether that’s 10 minutes before bed or a full blown “date night,” to talk to each other to make sure that you are able to meet your spouse’s emotional and
intellectual needs.

O God, we want to live our life together with you and always to continue it with you. Help us never to hurt and never to grieve each other. Help us to share all our works, all our hopes, all our dreams, all our successes, all our failures, all our joys and all our sorrows. Help us to have no secrets from each other so that we may be truly one. Keep us always true to each other, and grant that all the years ahead may draw us ever closer to each other. Grant that nothing may ever come between us and nothing may ever make us ever drift apart. And as we live with each other, help us to live with you, so that our love may grow perfect in your love, for you are the God whose name is love. This we ask for your love’s sake. Amen