As I continue my study of Song of Solomon, I realize more and more the depth of God’s love for us. This book is encouraging us to know, really know and understand how much and how deeply. We talk about God’s love all the time but do we really understand the depth of His love? The words in Song of Solomon describe an intimate kind of love from Him and from us to Him. Some synonyms for intimate are close, cherished, faithful, devoted, personal, confidential, secret, innermost, deep, unspoken, undisclosed and familiar.
All healthy relationships are two way. If you have a friend who only wants to talk about her stuff, you might decide to be a good listener for a while because you care, and she may need someone to help her process some things going on in her life. However, if this continues and this person doesn’t return the time for you, you might begin avoiding her. And you may find someone else who can be that kind of friend who better understands the way healthy relationships work.
In the same way, a healthy love relationship with our Father needs to be two way. We need to understand how intimately He loves us. When we really get that, we will naturally return that love to Him.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because God first loved us.” (GNT)
You might want to take the time to read the verses prior to and following this one. What I understand here is that God has taught us what true, deep, intimate love is so we are better able to love Him and love others.
In Matthew 22, Jesus responded to the Pharisees who were questioning Him about the Law and trying to trap Him. In verses 37-39, “Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’” (GNT)
You can also find the first part of verse 37 in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (GNT)
My point here is that throughout Scripture, God teaches us by examples and commands how to receive love from Him and others and how to return love to Him and to others.
Yes, He teaches us that love is a two way street whether it is love for Him or love for others.
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