Today’s Scripture – Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Love is neither a prize nor a product, but one dimension of a three-dimensional relationship. It has been God’s good gift from the beginning, and Song of Songs teaches us to use it wisely, within the bounds of the commitment and covenant for which God created us.

Song of Solomon leads us into some beautiful love poetry, if not occasionally a bit racy. This text is rich in celebrating the gift of romantic love but it’s also rich in revealing God’s great love for you and I. It reinforces that love is not one-dimensional, but three-dimensional with God and integral part of life-long, lasting love. Song of Solomon celebrates this love and reinforces God’s plan for us to use it wisely and within the bounds of the commitment and covenant God created for us. So we see a three-part ‘receipt’ for love; commitment, communication, and cooperation. All three are important and interdependent. Divine love, that is, God’s love, and human intimacy are alike. Only when we learn to trust God through commitment and learn his commitment, have communication, and cooperation with God, can we fully experience the transformation God intends for us.

“You cannot receive what you don’t give.
Outflow determines inflow.”
~Eckhart Tolle

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God and the church in gratitude and praise

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