Song of Songs paints descriptive pictures of love. King Solomon (the wisest human who ever lived) wrote this scripture for his beloved. It can be read as erotic poetry, or interestingly, it can be read as a love song from our God toward His people! Regardless of our approach, there are five key themes to this beautiful scripture that we can take to heart.
Love Lives Beyond Death
Song of Songs exclaims that love is as strong as death (8:6). Even when someone we deeply care for deeply passes away, our love for him or her doesn’t stop existing. Our love for the individual who has died continues, even though he or she can’t reciprocate our love. Love cannot be killed by death, disease, time or disaster. God’s love cannot be destroyed or washed away. We carry His love with us through eternity. Love never parts from us.
Love is Complete
Love is a gift and it is given fully. We cannot partially give or receive love. We cannot give it and then take it back. There’s always a part of us invested in loving; even if that love dissipates, it still has a hold on us. God’s love is given in its entirety. He does not hold any love back. He does not resist or refuse love from His beloved. That means God’s love is complete. It doesn’t leave us wanting more. Nothing can satisfy like the love of the Lord.
Love Has No Price
Love cannot be bought. We cannot purchase it with our bodies or our actions. We cannot expect more love because we’re willing to give more. In those times when we struggle to offer any love to the Lord, our efforts won’t determine the amount of love we’re provided. There’s nothing we can do to acquire God’s love; it’s given to us freely. If we were to give all our wealth in exchange for love, if we had to buy love, we would owe millions because it’s value is so much more than we can comprehend.
Love Never Gives Up
No matter how long we resist God, He will wait for us to accept His love. An incredible example of the patience of love is Jacob who worked an additional seven years to gain Rachel as his bride because he loved her so dearly. If Jacob was willing to work for another seven years, then God surely has the perseverance to wait for us. He’ll work a lot harder to gain our love as well. He has eternity, and He’s willing to spend our entire life working so He can gain us as His bride. That’s love! He loves us so dearly.
There is nothing we can do to push God’s love away either. If He’s willing to work for our love, He’s willing to bare our shortcomings. We can’t hurt God, deny Him, destroy Him nor betray Him. Jesus still loved Peter even though he denied Him right before His death. Jesus even loved Judas whose betrayal led to His death.
Love is Consuming
Love is like a raging fire that burns everything in its path. The love of the Lord is like a flame that envelops us entirely. It overwhelms us. We become overtaken by His love and presence.
It’s better to accept and receive the love of the Lord sooner rather than later. Bask in its fullness for as long as possible. Spend your life engaging in the Lord so you can understand and grasp His love wholly. You can gain love’s full benefit only when you’re willing to invest in its value.