2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Mat 8:2-3
This isn’t the only time that Jesus is explicitly recorded as having touched someone and brought them wholeness as a result. This man had leprosy; such a person was meant to live in isolation and to warn anyone who approached him of his condition by shouting “unclean! Unclean!” But Jesus touched him physically and that one touch changed his life. Another beautiful verse is Mark 10:16 where people were bringing children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them when we are told, “And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
Appropriate physical touch can be such a powerful way of valuing, encouraging and blessing someone. A hand shake, a high five, a hand on the shoulder, an arm around the should, a hug, a kiss and in marriage, sex. We do our friends and family such a service of love when we touch them as is appropriate. Build this into your love ammo and touch people in a way that is appropriate for who they are and your relationship with them and in a way that both brings them encouragement and comfort and brings glory to God!