I think it’s pretty sweet.
What? What’s sweet?
Oh, you know the way you always check in with your husband before committing to do anything.
“Sweet.” Hmm . . . .
Not necessarily the word I would have used.
But, yeah, I guess I do “always check in” with him.
And he with me.
Because we’ve made it our practice to think and act as one.
Some people think this is sweet, like my friend.
For other people? It makes them shudder. Like we’re somehow just too “into” each other.
Do I ever feel stifled? Hindered? Slowed down by this whole “oneness” thing?
Admittedly, it was a new way for me to look at life – this life we’re now sharing together – but the Bible states we are no longer two people like we were before.
We are now one flesh.
So what exactly does that mean?
Surely, not simply that we sleep together.
Not that it isn’t important – because it is – but it’s got to mean more than that. One flesh is mentioned in such a way as not merely to be a matter of going to bed with him.
The two shall become one.
No longer he and me . . . because now it’s WE.
And you know what we have found? It takes a little – okay a lot of – practice and intentionality. We have to purpose to think and act as one.
How Do Two People Think and Act as One?
We don’t lead private lives. There’s no such thing as “his” life and “mine”. We belong to each other and so there are no secrets or hidden things. For instance, I have free access to his computer and he to mine. We have a basic knowledge where the other person is at all times. We share with each other what we’ve been thinking about, who we’ve been talking to, and what is on our heart.
Unity means being completely open with one another.
We don’t make independent decisions. We make all major decisions together and run most minor decisions by the other person. And, yes, I do believe in submitting to my husband because that’s what God says in His Word (Eph.5:22). But at the same time, I’m blessed to be married to a man who values my opinion and cares deeply about my concerns. We aim to be of one mind on most everything.
Unity means making your decisions together.
We stand together as one. As my husband reminds me, “You and I are on the inside. Everyone else is looking in from the outside.” What this means is that we are protective of our unity and don’t allow anyone – not family or friends – to try and divide us. Staying unified can be challenging enough without the added stress of others pulling us apart.
Unity means being fiercely loyal to each other.
We speak as one. You wouldn’t have to know us long before you picked up that we often say “we” and “our” rather than “I” and “my”. This is not merely one of our quirks, but the language we consciously use to inform others – as well to remind ourselves – that we are in this together. It’s not about what I want or what he wants, but what WE want and what WE are thinking.
Unity means communicating your togetherness.
So, that’s the real reason why I “always check in with him” and why I plan to do keep doing so.
And maybe it is sorta sweet.
But it’s more than that too. It’s oneness and it’s biblical marriage.
No longer two.
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