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Saturday, 1 March 2014

AMS: Have You Ever Being in Love? My Thought on Song of Solomon From The Bible



Have you ever been in love?
It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?
What’s it like when you fall in love?
You know you’re in love when…
You think of that person every single day.
At random... moments in the day, that person’s face pops up in your head
You can’t wait to speak to that person on the phone.
Maybe you talk for hours, just to hear this person’s voice.
If you receive a text message from that person, you read it with anticipation…then you read it over and over again.
When you get to the end of the text message, you’re disappointed; you just wish it would go on.
And if this person writes something giving the slightest indication that they feel the same way about you, it can make your whole day brighten up.
You can’t wait to see this person.
The time you spend together seems to go by quickly.
Hours go by like minutes.
You wish you could be with this person all the time.

Even, there are chances that you don’t really know this person too well or understand this person but you love anyway. In fact, those things make you love this person more. And when you have misunderstandings—you work things out. You try to understand each other’s point of view, and you make compromises—finding the middle ground in a way that both sides are satisfied.
 
Does this sound about right? Okay, now let me ask you this. If I were to ask you, do you love Jesus Christ, what you would say? I think all of us would say…yes, of course I love Him. I go to church, I pray, I read my Bible, I attend house fellowship and I’m a worker in the church (e.g. I am in the church choir).
 
But let me ask you again. Do you love Jesus? Do you think of Him every single day? At random moments in the day, does His face pop into your head? Does His thought make you happy?
Do you look forward all day to that moment of time at night when you can hangout- in your favourite place (your house) and kneel in quietness and meet him in prayer? Do you hear the sound of His voice, so sweet that the birds hush their singing? Do you feel the warmth of His embrace?
 
How about the love letter that God wrote to you? Do you open it with expectation? Do you read it over and over again? I’m talking about the Bible of course. And every time that the Bible mentions how much God loves you, does that make your whole day brighten up? And how about those moments when you are in God’s presence? In the church services, do you feel that the time you spend with God does go by quickly, or do you feel that it just goes on and on?

And what happens when you ask God for something and He said not now my beloveth. Do you just get angry, and say, "God is God—he’ll do whatever He want." Or do you get on your knees and spend time to communicate to him and say, "God, I love you, I want to understand where you’re coming from, even if we have to talk all night. I am not happy with you, but because I love you, and I know you love me, I think we can work things out".

Think through these questions…and then ask yourself again…do I really love God? I think a lot of us did experience this kind of love when we first gave our life to Jesus Christ. I know after I Alaba Mariam Saliu received the Holy Spirit 16 years ago, I made myself a firm commitment. I will pray every day…I will study God’s word inside and out…I will do work for him joyfully…not because I have to…not because anyone’s telling me to…not because I want anything from God in exchange…but only because…I love him. The truth is, over the years, things have changed. And so, I realize. I say I love God. But I don’t really.

It’s the same that happened to the church in Ephesus. Check Revelation 2:5—Yet, I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the high from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

Do you love God? Are you like a bride waiting to marry her husband? Are you like the man and woman the songs of Solomon are talking about?

Imagine this scenario - an engaged couple who suddenly feels that spending time with her fiancé was boring and difficult. Imagine if this bride dreaded having to talk to his husband to be on the phone…and felt no joy when she was around him…if she felt this way, should the wedding go on?

Well, as a church (You and Me)…If our worship of God becomes dry and feels burdensome…If we don’t look forward to prayer…If we don’t feel joy when we’re in the presence of God. Then we’re like that bride, and we’re not ready to be married.

You see, Jesus Christ is exactly the same as He was when we first committed to him. It’s we who have changed. It’s our lives which have become complicated. It’s we who have wandered away from him. But the funny thing is…he still loves us anyway…he always has.

He still thinks about us every day. He still can’t wait for the moments that we decide to take time to talk to him. He cherishes the moments that we spend in his presence. So, as a bride, let’s wake up. Let’s remember back to the moment when we first accepted Jesus into our lives. Start over. Forget what lies behind…forget whatever happened since that day that has separated you from him…If a sin has caused you to be separated from him, repent of that sin and leave it.

Put aside everything that has caused you to forget your first love, and let’s prepare for the wedding day that’s written about in Revelation 19:7:

Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory For the wedding of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear (fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints)

Song of Solomon is also called “Song of Songs” and “Canticles.” is one of the nicest love songs ever written.

Now, when we hear the term ‘love song’ we tend to think of songs about physical love…the songs you hear on the radio or TV…”baby, baby, this” and “ baby I love you, jiggy that”

But those songs aren’t really about love. Or if they are, it’s infatuation.
But Song of Solomon is the greatest love songs, because they’re about a pure, spiritual love–the love that God has for us. Whatever else people call “love”, it’s just a mere shadow of God’s love.
And please read the Song of Solomon today; think about it from a spiritual sense.

The song of Solomon shows the relation between God and His people, or the relationship between Christ and the Church (You and me). Just imagine Chapter 3:4– It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. “Christ desire over the believer cannot go, because He will not”. The mention of the "mother" excludes indecency, and communicates the idea of heavenly love, pure as a sister's, while passionate as a bride's. In another word Jesus love you and he will never let you go…….

The Summary of the Song of Solomon and how God expresses His love towards us –A voice calls to the other: They walk together (7:11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages). They talk together. They express how deeply they love each other (7:6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!). Their hearts are filled with such joy, they don’t want to leave.

So the next time you kneel down to pray, don’t just present your long list of requests to God. Don’t wander off and utter meaningless repetitions. Instead, plan a trip to the field, where you can walk, and talk, and be together alone with the One who loves you more than anyone has ever loved you.
 

 God bless as you ponder on these words.

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