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Deliberate…Engage Your Mind by Connecting with Scripture

January 28, 2013

Today’s Reading | Song of Songs 8:6-7; Hosea 2:14-3:1The Beauty of Marriage

Place me like a seal over your heart…for love is as strong as death…It burns like blazing fire… Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Songs 8:6-7

How did these words end up in a Bible full of polygamy and sexual immorality? Despite the failures of the best biblical characters, God’s vision for marriage is one of profound joy, dedication, self-giving, and love. We hear it in Adam’s words to Eve in Genesis 2:23. It resonates through the Song of Songs.

Marriage is a sacred covenant of love between a man and a woman through which two people give themselves to each other fully and finally. In this way, marriage is one of the key pictures of God’s relationship with His people. God repeatedly refers to Himself as a husband who loves, pursues, and shows faithfulness to His precious bride. (Hosea 2:14-3:1; Ephesians 5:31-32) God wants us to see ourselves in this kind of intimate relationship with Him. He wants us to know He will always be faithful.

That’s the background and beauty of marriage. When we proclaim our wedding vows, we reflect the heart of God—as long as we are there for the right reasons. When we live out our marriage through good times and bad, we reflect God’s faithfulness, as long as we too are faithful.

Today reflect on how marriage is a picture of God’s relationship to us. How does that affect your image of God? If you are married, consider how your marriage reflects (or conceals) the heart of God.

 

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