Hold me close to your heart where your royal seal is worn.
Keep me as close to yourself as the bracelet on your arm.
My love for you is so strong it won’t let you go.
Love is as powerful as death.
Love’s jealousy is as strong as the grave.
Love is like a blazing fire.
Love burns like a mighty flame.
No amount of water can put it out.
Rivers can’t sweep it away.
Suppose someone offers
all their wealth to buy love.
That won’t even come close to being enough.
Song of Songs 8:6-7 (New International Reader’s Version)
All I can say is “whew!” Oh, by the way, Happy Valentine’s Day!
I was going to use John 3:16, however that verse gets too much play and can defeat its intended message. This verse came to mind from way back.
Love-not the hokey, mushy kind we see prevalent today-but, the real deal. You see, the above text comes from the most misunderstood book in all of Scripture: the Song of Song (aka the Song of Solomon). This book has been interpreted to be some of the most erotic poetry ever penned, or-according to some Evangelicals-a metaphor of Christ’s love for his church.
My take? The power of love-period. Just read the above Scripture passage and see what I’m talking about. To really analyze this passage is a mindful and could blow your mind as well. This kind of love is the love God has for us; the same kind of powerful love He/She put in us. Love is not some sicky sweet song, movie, or just confined to special days. No, this kind of love is transcendent of anything here on Earth.
Love is powerful-plain and simple. It cannot be analyzed, put into a card, a song, or a movie. No, love has to be experienced for its full power to be understood-that’s all.
Let’s think on this for Lent: God’s love for us, which He/She put in us so we can love as well. May we be serious about love as God is.
Peace and Love.
Divine Beloved, as we pause to celebrate a day commemorating love, help us to ponder on the power of Love. To think upon Your passionate Love for us; and how You put that Love in us so we may do the same. Help us to remember that You are also our Love, and we are Yours. Give us that same Loving fierceness for each other. In Your Name, Amen.