The Need for Intimacy

A number of years ago, I started the single adult ministry at my church. Do you know the most common complaint of singles?: “I am so lonely.” There is something about the way we are made that cries out for intimacy with another. It is not normal for a person to live in isolation. When God looked at Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” The word ‘alone’ literally means ‘cut off’ or ‘isolated.’ God’s answer to Adam’s aloneness was the creation of Eve and the institution of marriage. That does not mean that a person must be married to find happiness. It does mean that we need people. Intimacy is the word used to describe a close relationship. Intimacy is also one of our deepest emotional needs. It is the language of friendship.