The Shulamite to her beloved
Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealously as cruel as the grave, Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised. Song of Solomon 8:6-7 NKJV
The bride wants to be set apart in her beloved’s heart. She wants him to draw strength from her love. She wants her love to be with him everywhere he goes and before him in every decision he makes. Love comes and goes in this world. God’s love is eternal!
God wants our love to be as unconditional and eternal as His love for us. Love cannot be weighed and measured. No value can be assigned to it. Love is priceless. Any attempt to buy or barter love would only lead to resentment and bitterness.
Death may seem final. It is not. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave because it destroys all who are touched by it!
The Lord tells us not to covet because it leads to a multitude of sins. It is one of the things that leads to lying, stealing, cheating, and murder. It separates family and friends, destroys marriages, and eats away a person’s health from the inside!
Do you want God to love you? That may seem like a silly question to a follower of Jesus. It is not. Jesus wants us to seek His love. He wants the assurance of His love to be with us everywhere we go. Jesus wants His love to be taken into account in every decision we make!
Our love for Jesus can be unconditional. We can love Him regardless of circumstances, trials, and hardship. We will sin. We will make mistakes. We will fail in many ways. We may even get angry at God. That does not mean we have to stop loving Jesus!
Our love for the Lord can be eternal. We are eternal beings created in the image and likeness of God. We can love Jesus here on the earth and on into eternity. Faith and love are the only things we can take with us into eternity!
Jesus conquered the grave with His priceless love. God’s love cannot be earned. It cannot be bought or sold. It can be freely received even though it cost Jesus His life. We can share it with everyone we meet and be filled with even more of God’s precious love!
This book of the bible is about love. It is about Solomon’s love for a Shulamite woman and her love for him. That love ended in sin. It is also about God’s love for us. God’s love for us will never fail, it will never lead to disappointment, and it will never end!
Your love for Jesus never has to end. Do not let circumstances, sins, failures, or mistakes cause you to turn you heart away from Jesus. God’s heart will always be inclined towards you. His gaze will always be on you. Fix your eyes on Jesus today!
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