Scripture: “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.” Song of Songs 8:6-7
Thought: If someone asked you to describe love, what would you say? My description: Real love is rock solid, unwavering, and an undying commitment to care for, enjoy and build up one another. Within the security of marriage this total commitment, intimacy and vulnerability are the keys to excitement and fulfillment in which love has a chance to grow and flourish. They give you the freedom to grow and explore your relationship without the fear of rejection or abandonment.
In my opinion, the world’s system is confused about love. Movies and television often portray love as man meets woman. They are physically attracted to each other, they have sex, they enjoy each others company for a time then get tired of each other and quit. Left behind are two hurting people and sometimes devastated children. In the Bible, Song of Songs suggests a different set of events. First comes loving commitment, then marriage, then sexual intimacy. These are the ingredients of true love. In this books beautiful example of married love, the author, Solomon, also gives us a picture of our relationship with God. In the same way that commitment is necessary for a fulfilling marriage, so also is complete devotion necessary between God and His people. Anything that becomes more important to me than God, and anything I do to become more intimate with sinful ways, is in a sense, an adulterous affair that breaks the trusting relationship between God and me.
Action: Song of Songs reminds me of the true meaning of marital love as God intended it. Song of Songs is a book about the sensuous love husbands and wives should have for each other. True sensuous love is a giving love, not taking love, an offering of self rather than claiming my spouse submits to my way. My challenge is for you to read a love story this week. Read, study, and pursue this seven day devotional in Song of Songs.
Day 1 Read 1:1-27 The Wedding Day
Day 2 Read 2:8-3:5 Memories of Courtship
Day 3 Read 3:6-5:1 Memories of Engagement
Day 4 Read 5:2-6:3 A Troubling Dream
Day 5 Read 6:4-7:9 Praising the Bride’s Beauty
Day 6 Read 7:11-8:4 The Bride’s Tender Appeal
Day 7 Read 8:5-14 The Power of Love
Prayer: Dear Father God of Love, I confess that through the years, I have emotionally removed myself from my husband’s intimacy of love. In doing this, I have also sinned against you by putting my wants before my promise to you and my commitment to him. You tell us to ask you for wisdom, so now I seek the desire for You to change my heart. Change my attitude to find your intimate love in how I communicate with my spouse. Please turn our disconnect situation around. Help me to give him a fulfilling love in my mind, heart and soul so our marriage truly reflect the love of God to everyone we’re with. I pray that together, because of Christ, we will grow up together in You. Amen.