Tuesday, June 1, 2010

THIS LOVE SONG IS FOR YOU

A. Brother
©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

LOVER
          “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes…How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
          How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!”  --Song of Songs 4:9,10

          “You are a garden…Your plants are an orchard…with choice fruits…”
                                                                                             --Song of Songs 4:12,13
                                                                BELOVED
          “Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!
          Blow on my garden that its fragrance may spread abroad.
          Let my lover come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.”
                                                                                            --Song of Songs 4:16
                                                                  LOVER
          “I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride…I have gathered…I have eaten…I have drunk…”  --Song of Songs 5:1

                                                                FRIENDS
          “Eat, O friends, and drink; drink your fill, O lovers.”  --Song of Songs 5:1

                                                                BELOVED
          “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me.”  --Song of Songs 7:10

            God created mankind as the object of His love and affection.  Love was the primary motivational act of His creative energies, and still is.  “God is love” (1 John 4:8), as we are told and exampled throughout Scripture, and His love “endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).
          We do not understand the vastness and hugeness of God’s love.  Though the Word of God speaks constantly of His enduring love, though Jesus gave us a life of extreme love as an example, though the New Testament, like the Old Testament, commands us to live lives of love, and tells us it is the prime fruit of God’s Spirit within us, we still don’t listen.

            “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’  --Genesis 3:8,9

          Since the beginning, God has sought us out as His beloved.  He wanted us to love Him, and desire Him as He desires us.  As in Song of Songs, He wants us as a lover wants His beloved.  The gift of love between a man and woman is a picture of the love God wants us to have for Him, and the love He has for us.  The rich life of love God wants for us begins with a love relationship with Him.
            Never did God intend any religion, or dutiful observance, or tradition, or institution, or liturgy, to stand between Him and us.  No man was ever appointed as an arbiter between God and His beloved.  Jesus came as the fulfillment of this divine love for us, laying down his life daily for us, and ultimately giving it up on the cross for us. 
            There is no force or power in the universe as strong as love.  Not even death is as strong as God’s love, for in Christ, He has conquered death for us, giving us an eternal life of love with Him.

            The tragedy is:  We don’t believe any of this.
            We live and act as if we must earn God’s favor and that His love is something to be bought by our religious observances and correct behavior.
            God’s beloved, His Bride, which is the ekklesia, the ‘called out to be together’ people of God, does not live as if she is the much-loved object of God’s affections.  She often lives as if it is all up to her to find love on this earth, and that God’s love is a fantasy.
            In actuality, it is the world’s love that is a fantasy.  There is no love apart from God, because He is the source of love.  We put our trust in worldly love, in things, in people, and they will all ultimately disappoint us.

            It is God’s love.
            It is God’s love and affection for us that will never go away.
            It is God’s love that endures forever.
            It is God’s love for us that seeks us out when we run away.
            It is God’s love for us that is perfect, casting out all our fear.
            It is God’s love that never fails.
            It is God’s love that nothing can take away, not even death.
            It is God’s love that brings us together in unity as believers.
            It is God’s love that satisfies every longing in our souls.
            It is God’s love that we give to others unselfishly.
            It is God’s love that allows us to love as He loves.
            It is God’s love.

            The more you seek love in “all the wrong places” as the popular song went, the more disappointment and bitter pain you will find.  Until you find the Lover who has always sought you, you will look in vain for that satisfaction you search for.
            Religion often stands between you and God.  It holds you at arm’s length, telling you to do this or that to satisfy the Lord, when all your Lover wants is you.  He wants your love in return.

            There is an old song from the 1950’s that says it.
            “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn,
            Is just to love, and be loved in return.”

            But that love you must respond to is the love of God for you, not the love of a man or woman.  Remember, God created the love of man for woman and woman for man as a beautiful picture of His love for us, and our love for Him.  Adam loved Eve, and she loved Adam.  But it was only by loving and obeying God that their love could be the wonderful thing He created it to be.  When sin entered the picture, then love began its decline.  So today, in the world, we see love depicted as selfish and self-seeking, a way to personal fulfillment, and very casual, with the expectation that it will never last.  The most we can expect from this man-love is some fun for a while, then disappointment and heartache.

            Seek the Lord and His love while He may be found.  Do not neglect this great love any longer.  Accept the enduring, eternal love God has for you today, leaving behind fruitless and cold religion, and philosophies of this world that only bring deep and lasting bitter disappointment.

            The Song of Songs is love.  It is sung by all those on earth and in Heaven who know God as their Lover and Friend.  The Song of Songs was sung by Jesus for you.  He offers you the free gift of this Love to be yours forever without disappointment.  And as you learn to love Him, your heart is made whole again. 
            Accept and seek His love only today.  Then, and only then, will you find love on this earth.

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