“God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
This means when we come to a passage of Scripture like the Song of Solomon, we approach it respectfully aware of the inherit goodness of everything God created—including sexuality. The world is destroying boundaries under the banner of love, but, when we study this theocentric ideal of true love, we clearly see the colors of the world’s banner fade to reveal a pale yellow flag of contagion. The world’s juvenile presentation of love is purely self-gratifying based on a number of reasons, two of which are most notable. First, if I think it will satisfy, then it is right. Second, my fidelity is subjective based on one’s ability to satisfy my desires.
It is within the boundaries of God’s creation where love flourishes in safety. You read of the living definition of love in Jesus Christ. “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). He made himself vulnerable for our benefit. He willingly shares his privilege with us. This is the antithesis of worldly, perverse love!
“My beloved is mine, and I am his” (Song of Solomon 2:16).
One preacher explained this well by saying, “My beloved is mine (I account all his interests as my own) and I am his: I am content to be anything for him, and care not for myself, but that I may serve him” (Henry Scougal). Love leads us to outgrow our confined, impish universe and live to explore the many facets of intrigue in another. Understand, love is not self-abandonment. You have been gifted abilities and characteristics which, when properly enabled, allow you to bless and benefit others.
Love is not a black hole, consuming all benevolent resources for your own selfish gain. You are called to give yourself and watch the replication naturally occur from such sacrifice.
Love gives life. Life is the product of the Gospel and love is its fuel. A healthy demonstration of love will preach the gospel to many.