The Link – August 2019: Physical Touch

Dear MPC Family,

Over the past few months, we’ve been taking a glimpse, one by one, of each of the love languages taught by Gary Chapman in his book, The 5 Love Languages. We’ve examined “Words of Affirmation,” “Quality Time,” “Giving & Receiving Gifts,” and “Acts of Service.” This month we wrap up with a look at the fifth and final love language.

In times of crisis we hug one another. Likewise, we hug one another during times of joy. Sometimes words may mean little, but a hug … well, that communicates love in a way beyond words. Scripture shows many ways to love by physical touch: hugging, kissing, and marital intimacy. But, physical touch doesn’t have to always be that kind of touch.

John 13:5 tells us that Jesus “poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with a towel.” He was loving them.

Along these lines, Gary Chapman teaches that “Physical touch” is a love language—a way of expressing and receiving love. If your loved one best understands love by physical touch, be deliberate. As you get out of your car going into the store, reach out and hold your spouse’s hand. Touch him on the shoulder as he’s working in the kitchen. Rub her neck and temples when her head hurts. Sit side by side at a restaurant. Then enjoy the blessings of love.

In Christ’s love,