Three testimonies about the love of God leads off Jonathan's discussion of how Solomon woos the Shulamite woman in Song of Songs. Knowing God's love has implications for how we think, behave, repent and pray.
Implications for how we
She believes differently about herself.
Song of Songs 1:5-6
5 Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.
The groom says "You're Beautiful" seven times until she believes.
Song of Songs 1:15, 2:10, 2:13, 4:1, 4:7, 6:4, 7:6
1:15 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
2:10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.
2:13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
4:1 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead.
4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
6:4 You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, as lovely as Jerusalem, as majestic as troops with banners.
7:6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights!
He calls her a “garden locked” and she responds with a prayer.
Song of Songs 4:12, 16
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
16 Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.
She describes the feeling of His passionate pursuit of her.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
6 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.
7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
She finally knows His love for her.
Song of Songs 8:10b
10 "Thus I have become IN HIS EYES like one bringing contentment"
Song of Songs 2:14
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
How did God love us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
I John 4:9-10, 18
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
How we THINK determines how we ACT
Prodigal Son & Older Brother
Neither knew the Father's love for them
Saul & David
6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.
'Abba' = Daddy
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Paul places a high value on us corporately knowing the love of God
Ephesians 3:16 - 4:3
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.