Valentine’s Day really reminds us about the amazing experience of romance. While mostly everyone admits this day has become too commercial, it does serve as a powerful reminder about the beauty of true romance.
No matter how we try (even with the best greeting card) to describe or define romance, it remains a mystery only God truly understands and actually delivers. Like with all aspects of life, the Bible remains the only real source…the truth. In Solomon’s Song of Songs, we get a glimpse of the mystery and power of romance.
In this most evocative description of romantic love, we are taught that it means both intimacy and intense emotional excitement. We see how deep affection inspires desire and complete appreciation for another….that being romantic means to pursue the object of our affection.
But most importantly, we learn that God intended human romance to culminate in the unbreakable bond of married love…and spiritual romance to culminate in our unbreakable bond through Christ with God, forever.
You see, the ultimate romance was God pursuing us, not wanting to lose us, sending Jesus down from heaven, Jesus giving His life and bearing up all the evil on the cross, so we could have intimate and eternal relationship with God. All this even though we cheat on Him and pursue other lovers right in front of Him. He is relentless in His pursuit and desire to woo us and take care of our every need.
Today, in addition to or in replacement of the card, flowers, and candy, read passages from Song of Songs to your Valentine. Our Lord and God would not have provided us with this scriptural celebration of love and romance unless He intended it as an inspiring example for us to use. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your perspective on romance.
Dear Father God, I thank You for the blessing of romantic attraction. I pray that all those part of the Stepping Stones community pursue their spouse and partner joyfully and creatively for all the days of their lives in a way that is pleasing to You. I pray this in the name of the one who sent to teach us how to love, Jesus Christ; And all God’s children say – AMEN!
My beloved is mine, and I am his…
Song of Solomon 2:16
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:6
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.