Song of Songs 7-8

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” (‭8:6-7‬)

I always pictured love as fragile. It’s really hard to get someone to like you; not messing things up, keeping your cards close to your heart. Than once you do finally find love, you have to work at it to not “fall out of love” and grow embittered toward each other. 

But then I encounter this verse, and suddenly Love seems like the most powerful force out there, not fragile at all. As strong as death! A fire all the water in the world couldn’t put out! I must have love all wrong. Maybe Huey Lewis was on to something.

Awhile back, this verse really challenged me a to trust more in the people who love me. I could complain about not receiving love like I imagined it would be, but do I receive the love people try to give me at all? 

On the flip side, do you ever get frustrated when loved ones continue to self-destruct or self-deprecate no matter how affirming you are? Let’s all cut that out!! Receive love from one another! Let this unquenchable fire warm us! 

Can you imagine carrying your relationships like seals on your heart and arm; one for you to cherish, and one for others to see? Wow. I think that would get rid of a lot of my insecurities right there. 

Always, also entrusting ourselves to the love of God which casts out fear. I mean, if we can hold still and even being to receive His love, that’s something. I often find myself standing back to just stay warm by the white hot love He has. It’s too intense sometimes! It’s guaranteed going to make me cry, and it transforms as refining fire. So yeah, sometimes I’m not ready to change. 

But I challenge us, today, to receive love from each other and, yes also our Heavenly Father.

-Bethany 

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