Today, draws to a conclusion our look at principles found in the 10 commandments which we can apply to guarding intimacy with our spouse. Not legalistic, binding laws, but principles that can guide us in our decisions.
Catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, and part 10.
For you and me: Don’t want or try to get what everyone else has.
You should not covet... Exodus 20:
Wanting what someone else owns and working to get stuff like our neighbors shifts our focus to things of lesser value than intimacy.
Trying to do everything our co-workers, friends and people on television do will fill our lives with a cluttered schedule.
The grass tends to look greener in someone else’s yard and comparing ourselves to those around us can easily build resentment.
With resentment in our hearts, a cluttered schedule and our focus on what has little value, it shouldn't surprise us when intimacy with our spouse disappears from our marriage.
Putting into practice the greatest commandment of all, “...love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength...” instead of wanting what others have, will find us closer to God. And as we each draw closer to God, we will find ourselves closer to each other and the intimacy we crave.
What do you think? Can the principles behind the 10 commandments help us to set healthy boundaries to guard intimacy in our marriage? Which principle do you need to work on?