“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
God sees your heart
We were created for vulnerability with the Lord. Adam and Eve were naked and not afraid in the garden, God’s original dream and design for humanity. Because He is our creator, He knows all of our thoughts. But as Adam walked with the Lord, conversing and sharing freely, their relationship was built. In the same way, God desires for us to walk with Him, sharing our thoughts, fears, and insecurities. He desires safe, strong connection to His children, where He meets our emotional needs.
Create security through emotional intimacy
Like our connection to God, we were created to find safety in our relationships. When we feel safe, we open ourselves to being emotionally intimate. And when we open ourselves to emotional intimacy, safety is created. It’s a beautiful cycle we get to take part in.
Even so, emotional intimacy sounds a bit intimidating, right? Maybe the phrase itself feels vulnerable for you. Whether from the pain of the past, or fear, it can be difficult to open your heart up, even to the people in your life you love the most. Emotional intimacy can look like honesty. Sometimes we have something so big or important to share that it scares us to bring it up. Instead of stuffing it down, I might say something like this to my spouse or friend: “I have something important to share with you but am feeling nervous. I’m afraid that…”
By identifying for myself and the person I’m sharing with what I’m feeling, my heart feels grounded. Additionally, whoever I’m sharing with has information on what I feel. They have an idea of how to show up for me.
Transform the world around you
From emotional security, we are empowered to change the world around us. Because our hearts are safe, we are able to walk in the true freedom Jesus laid His life down for us to experience. How can you connect in deeper intimacy with Holy Spirit this week?