However, intimacy is a much broader issue than physicality.A dictionary definition of intimacy talks about close friendship, deep emotional connection, and sexual involvement.When we invite others into this, we are inviting them into intimacy. First Thessalonians 4:3-7 says, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.
All that being said, there are certain physical boundaries that are clearly biblical.
These are not a matter of personal meaning or choice.
Dating couples grow more and more intimate as they become more serious about the relationship.
If proper boundaries are not established, increasing intimacy can have some undesirable results – such as feelings of abuse or betrayal following a break-up, loss of appropriate personal boundaries without a commensurate commitment, and beginning to become one before the couple actually belongs to one another.
In the heat of the moment, it is difficult to stop a kiss that is later regretted.
If both parties know the limits beforehand, maintaining boundaries becomes easier.
Depending on one's culture and one's typical physical contact with others, physical boundaries may vary. This is not a sign of intimacy or love so much as it is a greeting. It is also important to look at the degree to which the physical touch is carried out.
There is a difference between a hug of greeting and a long embrace.
These are both great practices, but they also need boundaries.