Today's Devotion (Tuesday)

Torrential Love


Key Verse:

"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned" (Song of Solomon 8:7).

In the ancient dispensation when Solomon wrote this Song, the culture of the people did not permit public display of intimacy or affection except between close family members. But here Solomon's lover says for the sake of love she is prepared to disregard such inhibition. This self-abnegation underscores the all-conquering power of love. Where it manifests as a genuine fruit of the Spirit, it displaces all forms of evil. The word of God puts it succinctly in 1 Corinthians 13:13, thus: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love]". Love was wrapped in the mercy that moved God to come to the aid of fallen man as He sent Sinless Jesus to come and die for the resurgence of the descendant of Adam. All the floods of sin, false doctrine, rebellion and disobedience we have hurled at God proved no match for the greater torrential love He has for us, that revealed itself in Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ challenges His followers to be like Him (John 13:34,35). As He fulfilled the law in His ministry on earth, He says we shall all be fulfilling the law because on "these [love and compassion]...hang all the law and the prophets". God loves us and He is committed to giving us abundant life through the marriage institution that honours the laws of heaven. He detests sexual intercourse outside marriage and supports lasting commitment among couples. Just as our devout faithfulness and commitment are the keys in our relationship with God, so they are in marriage. Marriage is a representation of Christ's relationship to His Church. It should not be corrupted through polygamy, adultery, pre- marital sex, divorce, homosexuality and any other modern variant of relationship.

Thought for the day: Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled.

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