“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:22-23
Learning to see and accept truth has its rewards. First and foremost, intimacy with God increases dramatically when we see that His way should be our way. But when we deny the truth, we deceive ourselves, and God cannot relate to a man who is lying to himself. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
If you want to connect with God in a more meaningful way, do so with an honest inventory. Ask yourself: Am I being honest with myself about where I am with the Lord? Am I being honest with God? Have I been transparent with others? Am I open to receiving instruction from God’s Word, from my friends, or even from my spouse?
Openness and honesty always lend substance and credibility to our character, which leads to greater trust. When trust is present, intimacy is experienced in greater measures. But when a man is living a lie in some other area of his life, only false intimacy can result.
A good barometer of intimacy is sex in a marriage. Intimacy is not sex but it is the indicator of its existence. When the trust element is high so is the intimacy. How is your trust element in relationship to the Lord? God craves intimacy with the person he cares for deeply. I would say that he cares deeply for you, wouldn’t you? Take a second to read of the opening scripture.
Father, I can’t wrap my head around your love. You are AWESOME!