By Jon Shonebarger

There are many people buying Valentine cards, flowers and candy this week! The Valentine’s Day holiday is immensely popular in our country. How incredible to be in love in springtime and to show your loved one your heart felt passion for them. What about receiving something from a secret admirer? It is sweet to be the recipient of these demonstrations of love. Best of all, it warms the heart coming out of the winter season.

In the Song of Solomon 7:6-7, the bridegroom speaks to his beloved and says, “Set a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm; for love is as strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly contemned.”

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The love described in this portion of Scripture is intense! The seal upon of the arm identifies the loved one committed by a vow. The mere glimpse of the seal conjures up passionate memories of our sweetheart and their lifelong bond. Our love is strong, emotional, binding and everlasting. It cannot be stolen away in the passing of our beloved. Our loved one will always have a permanent place deep in our being that can never fade. The coals of fire reveal the fire that burns deep in our bosom for the one whom we have given ourselves to. It is vehement, intense and gripping.

Imagine a love that cannot be extinguished. A firetruck with hoses connected to a hydrant could not quench this fire! It burns hot, it burns long, it is intense and it cannot be snuffed out. Oh what an amazing love! How much does a love like this cost? There is not enough money to put a price on such a glorious love.

While I have immense love for my spouse of 43 years, this love is the envy of any couple. The love described here in the Song of Solomon is the description of the love Jesus Christ has for His Church. The Scripture states that Jesus demonstrated His love by dying for the Church. His Church is non-other than His children, born of the Spirit, through faith in His sacrificial death and resurrection two thousand years ago! This is His love for Christians. Amazing love, how can it be? That Jesus Christ would die for me?

As you celebrate the love you have for your sweetheart, endeavor to love them like Christ loves you. His example of an eternal, vehement, priceless love should be the model of how we love others. Let us love like Jesus loves. What the world needs now is love; not only romantic love for our spouse, fiancé or date, but brotherly love that will change our world through compassion, sacrifice and brotherhood.

Enjoy your holiday!

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