To Hug Or Not To Hug….that is the question.

I recently took Brigg Meyers test. It’s all over the Facebook. Have you taken yet? I just went with the flow and did it because all my friends did it. It really didn’t catch my attention until I started reading more about my personality trait and I caught myself saying, “Yes! Oh my goodness, that is so me it’s not even funny.” I am INTJ you see. My kinds of people are highly intuitive but not easily driven by the emotions and feelings. We think and plan ahead. We love intensely and selectively.  And we just don’t do random hugs. No one just randomly gets a hug from an INTJ.  And it’s not that I hate hugs or people, because I love them, I really do, but I have to be comfortable and most definitely familiar with the person to hug or be hugged by them. You’ll hardly ever catch me giving front hugs (those are the most awkward for me). But I do enjoy hugs. My husband and our kids lack no hug. I have a 4 year child who craves hugs! But he too likes the hugs from “his people” only just like his mama.

I have several friends who are unconditional full time huggers, they offer hugs to everyone who would take them and they are always open to receive a hug. We have ongoing jokes about it.

One night I was studying the scripture and found something I’ve never seen before. When I started digging deeper in the word, the revelation made me chuckle!

I was reading Acts 10 and I got to verses 43-44 it says “while Peter was preaching the Word of God, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who was listening.”  I stopped to think, “How does the Holy Spirit FALL upon all the listeners?” I looked up the definition in my trusty Strong’s concordance and here is what I found: the Greek word for “fell upon” in this verse is “eipipto” (#1968) and it means “a love hug, to fall into one’s embrace, to embrace with affection”. I smiled at God and said, “So, I take it Holy Spirit is a hugger!”

When you look at this passage you will see two keys:

  1. The Word of God is taught/preached/spoken.  
  2. Holy Spirit fell upon / hugged the willing listeners with teachable hearts.

These kinds of hugs are the best! It doesn’t matter if you are INTJ or ESPF or any other personality trait! The Holy Spirit loves to hug us! When was the last time we were opened to his hugs and embraced his arms?  When was the last time we thoroughly enjoyed a nice long hug from the Holy Spirit?

Don’t just read the Word of God for the sake of reading it and marking it off the reading plan, read it until you feel his embrace, until you know you’ve experienced a holy hug!  Don’t just worship in church because all others are singing, worship until you know you’ve just had a holy tackle from the Lord!  He dwells among the praises of his people. He speaks to us and hugs us through his word.  He loves us, oh how He loves us.

When I read this portion of Acts 10 an image came to my mind I saw on Facebook or Google image.  Yes, Lord! Hug away! I am all yours! Even if I have personal boundaries with humans, You are always welcome to burst my bubble and hug me until all the brokenness is healed, all the fears melt away and all the doubts are gone.

 

Lenna Rivera

Lenna was born and raised in Volgograd , Russia.  She grew up in a family that did not know Christ. At the age of ten, she and her brother found a Gospel preaching church and became first the generation of Christ followers in their family .  Then, at the age of eighteen, Lenna felt a strong calling for missions and the Lord opened doors for her to become a missionary to the country of Georgia.  Today Lenna and her husband, Zach, reside in Nebraska,. They have 3 children together. Lenna enjoys cooking, spending time with the family and a good harty in-depth Bible study.  Her husband leads worship at their local church. Lenna enjoys writing about the things God reveals to her through the reading of the Word.
Lenna was born and raised in Volgograd , Russia. She grew up in a family that did not know Christ. At the age of ten, she and her brother found a Gospel preaching church and became first the generation of Christ followers in their family . Then, at the age of eighteen, Lenna felt a strong calling for missions and the Lord opened doors for her to become a missionary to the country of Georgia. Today Lenna and her husband, Zach, reside in Nebraska,. They have 3 children together. Lenna enjoys cooking, spending time with the family and a good harty in-depth Bible study. Her husband leads worship at their local church. Lenna enjoys writing about the things God reveals to her through the reading of the Word.

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