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Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, December 3, 2010

"There is no flaw in you" Song of Songs 4:7


People tend not to read the wisdom words of Solomon written in the Song of Songs. Some have said that the words are erotic in nature. If you are to understand the fullness of God's love, you must understand it in all of its dimension: brotherly (philia), erotic (eros), and self giving love (agape). Also you must recognize that God loves us completely in all of love's dimensions: philia, eros, and agape.

Therefore, I would suggest that one read the Song of Songs from the perspective of how it describes God's love for those of us within the fellowship of the church. The church is Jesus' bride. Jesus is its groom. In that sense Jesus desires and seeks the church as His love interest. From this perspective the reading of the Song of Songs takes on a new meaning.

"Christ Jesus has no quarrel with His spouse. She often wanders from Him, and grieves His Holy Spirit, but He does not allow her faults to affect His love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest of manner, with the kindest intentions: it is "my love" even then. There is no remembrance of our follies. He doesn't harbor bad thoughts about us; rather, He pardons and loves as much after the offense as before it. It is fortunate for us that this is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could He commune with us? Many times believers put themselves out of humor with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offense at our bad manners."

That's why we all should say, "Thank you Jesus!"

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