“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”
(1 John 4:9 NLT)

Romantic relationships require time to develop. Dialogue is necessary in order to understand that special someone but a loving embrace is also very important. Researchers have discovered many physiological health benefits of hugging. Regular hugs can decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce stress, improve immune system function, and ease depression. After just a ten second embrace the stress hormone cortisol decreases and positive mood enhancing hormones like oxytocin increase.(1) The act of embracing another is a visible outward expression of the invisible internal feeling of love. The invisible God’s everlasting love for us is clearly expressed through the life of Jesus. He hung with arms wide open nailed to a cross waiting to embrace anyone who receives his loving sacrifice for forgiveness of sins with the promise of eternal joy in him. His heavenly hug is waiting to improve your spiritual health. Will you embrace Jesus today?

1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2230972/Embrace-hugging–good-you.html

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