My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.” – Song of Solomon 2:10
King Solomon was the wisest and wealthiest man in the world… blessed by God. But something went wrong and he began to drift away from Yahweh later in life. Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes towards the end of his life. Proverbs was written in the middle. And although he later had many wives, I believe his first love was this dark-skinned peasant girl from Song of Solomon, a poem about his FIRST LOVE, written at the beginning.
Elena, my beautiful bride of more than 40 years, often tells me I see her through my “love goggles”. I don’t know about that. But it’s true that, when I look at her, when I hear her voice, it stirs something inside me. One thing is true. I love her unfailingly.
Friend, your identity rests on one thing, and one thing alone. No, it’s not your looks or fame. Not your wisdom or accomplishments. Not even How lovable you are!
Our identity as believers rests solely on this: Christ’s unfailing love for us! Paul says that this is the mystery of Christ and the church…. Jesus loves His Bride completely, unfailingly, unstoppably!
When we pattern our own lives after HIS agape love, we are suddenly empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are filled with HIS insight, HIS compassion, HIS empathy. When we place our identity in Christ, we are able to love the unlovable, just as HE did. And that, my friend, is who we are to be. ❤️