Marriage is about two people becoming one. Love unites but sin separates. You love to God and your spouse will be tested. Will you pass or fail? In todays lesson the bride fails due to her love sleeping that manifested itself in her not living out who she was in the relationship. She was the one who loved him yet she neglects to do so, she is his spiritual sister yet she acts like she’s not. She is his friend yet she acts like an enemy. She is his beautiful one yet she acts like she is flawed. She is his dove yet she acts just the opposite. Listen to her account of when her love slept.
Song of Solomon 5:2-6
2 “I was asleep but my heart was awake.
A voice! My beloved was knocking:
‘Open to me, my sister, my darling,
My dove, my perfect one!
For my head is drenched with dew,
My locks with the damp of the night.’
3 “I have taken off my dress,
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet,
How can I dirty them again?
4 “My beloved extended his hand through the opening,
And my feelings were aroused for him.
5 “I arose to open to my beloved;
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
And my fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the bolt.
6 “I opened to my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and had gone!
My heart went out to him as he spoke.
I searched for him but I did not find him;
I called him but he did not answer me.“
“I have put off my coat how shall I put it on again, I have washed my feet how shall I defile them”
The spouse of God and Solomon here gives an account of what passd with respect to her on occasion of a special call that she had from her beloved.
She begins with giving an account of the frame she was in when this call was made “I slept but my heart was awake”
Her heart was awake. Tho she had a principle within her of true Religion and love that in it self was a lively vigorous and active principle. She had a principle of Grace that was forward to duty, yet she by reason of the prevelency of the canal part, was in a dull & sleepy frame, both indolent & indisposed to her duties of love to God and husband.
The expression”I sleep but my heart was awake” seems to be of the same import with that which Christ uses with Respect to his disciples when he saw them in a very dull time Math 2641. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak“.
While she was in this frame her beloved called her and she knew it,
“it is the voice of my beloved that knocks”
The greatest type of Christ calls her to arise & open to him to let him in. That was the duty he required of her & the end was that he might come in & enjoy her company & she his, that they might sweetly converse together . He calls her in a very winning manner, with the most endearing expressions & appellations.
“Open to me says he my Love my dove my undefiled“. & suffering he knocks & calls in a most importunate manner saying “my head is filled with the dew”
Her beloved knocking with importunity at the door is represented as being in the night.
Her beloved sought entertainmt of her and shelter from the dews & cold dampness of the night. In the Text we have an account of what followed with Respect to the spouse who is thus called & at whose door the greatest type of Christ thus knocks . In which may be observed several things
1 She is slow in answering his call & opening the door to him as he requested. She did not do as might have been well expected. To arise & open to him immediately receiving him with the greatest alacrity & Joy but she is dull about & delays & excuses her self. Alacrity is with “brisk and cheerful readiness”. She was not in a frame of mind and heart that illustrates a being ready for his return.
2 She is backward to listen to her beloved/Beloved call. viz. because of her slothfulness and lack of a little self denial. “I have put off my coat how shall I put it on I have washed my feet how shall I defile them.”
She was in a dull sleepy frame. It was contrary to her to rise out of her drouse & shake off sweet sleep & therefore she finds out illegitimate excuses. A lame excuse that she shall defile her feet if she rises & lets him in.
- We may observe how after her delays & excuses she was made willing to comply with the request of her beloved . His hand & her bowels.
After her beloved had called with sweet words & told her how he suffered outside in vain. He further manifested his desire of entrance by putting in his hand to unlock the door from the outside in.
Her seeing this moved her, enflamed her heart and she says “her bowels (inner being) were moved for him”.
His further advances that displayed his desire for a stricter union in love and a greater display of her depth of love moved her to get up. His acts of love finally moved her affections & made her sensible of her own ingratitude in being so backward to open to him, her love was roused & made her delay no longer. This seems to be signified by it viz that when the spark of love by her beloved was not prevaild upon by his outward call the call of his word he then quickend her by his own immediate hand thus drawing forth her heart by the motions of his hands that she later describes as “rings of gold, set with beryl“. Song 5:14. Meaning that everything he did for her was valuable like “gold” and consistently precious to her “set in beryl“.
She rises to open to her beloved/Beloved. “I rose to open to my beloved” then after seeing his hand through the door.
Then she was willing to obey his commands so that we may observe that she did not utterly refuse to comply with the call of her beloved/Beloved. Her husband calling is God calling for God calls her to listen to the call of her husband. Both are calling. God calls her to listen to the voice of her Heavenly Beloved which is God. God says in His Word to listen to the call of her earthly beloved, therefore both are calling her to open the door. A natural man a woman without the love of God dwelling in them utterly refuses to open to their Beloved tho He continues calling.
From time to time, on the other hand a believer may at first be backward & show slothfulness and a lack of a little self denial & thereby Greatly sin but yet they are commonly moved when they have considered the matter at length to comply & yield to their duty. Its not their manner absolutely to refuse obedience to their beloved/Beloved.
Love manifested in patience with the wife in absolutely necessary. Also love keeps no record of wrongs.
The spouse says of her hands that her hands dripped with myrrh.
i.e she opend the door with [showing] of sweet affection to her beloved in her heart. She shows up with something delightful and pleasing for him. An act of love. She put myrrh on in order to smell pleasing to him. Her only desire was to please him so her hands dripped with myrrh when she put her hand on the lock or door knob.
She began to be moved when she first saw him put in his hand through the hole of the door. After that her gracious affection to him & desires after him prevailed more & more all the way to the end of the Love Song! & when she opend the door she did it willingly as with desires after her beloved .
- We may observe how she was disappointed when she came to open the door. “But my beloved had gone”. she opend with earnest expectation of meeting her beloved there at the door for her hands were perfumed with sweet smelling
She was full of expectations of the happy meeting she should there have with him but behold when she had opened the door he was not there but had withdrawn himself. If she had arose & opened to him when he first calld she would have met with the one her heart loved. But as she says, her soul failed when he spake i. e when he first calld her heart faild her she did not find it in her heart then to arise & open to him . (Prov. 1:20-33)
Now she suffers for it. Now she is risen, opened and he is not there. She says she sought him. Her backwardness to deny herself in her sleepy sluggish frame when he first called her lost her the benefit of sweet communion with her beloved & not only so but cost her a great deal of difficulty. Sin separates us from both God and husband Isaiah 59:2. For after this when she went out about the city to try to find him the watchmen disciplined her & she was sick of love. i. e she was sick & had her heart sunk with her disappointmt of that opportunity of communion with him that she so earnestly desired.
Union with God and husband/Husband.
Doctrine= “Sin separates us from God.” Isaiah 59:2 Sin separates both physically and spiritually. Sin always is a spiritual separation from God. Sin separates spiritually and sometimes physically.
A being separated from God is compared to Him “turning His face away” God not answering prayer is a sign of Him turning His face away.
“sins separate us from God”
Sow sins and reap separation. Her sins were many but to list a few. Her sin was a lack of a little self denial. Her sin was not obeying God who wanted her to listen to her beloved. She doubted his love to her. She didn’t act according to who she was and what she promises thus manifesting her pride, selfishness and unbelief rather than her love.
The blessing of answered prayer is forfeited by sinning. Your deepest hearts desires that are consistent with Scripture will not be fulfilled when living in sin or according to the flesh.
A stricter union with God is love is manifested when our prayers in Christs name are answered. Prayers according to the will of our Heavenly Husband will be answered, but the prayer of the wicked will go unanswered.
When two hearts are more in agreement a stricter union will manifest itself
1 In a deeper love
2 In a more constant love
3 In a wider love brings about a stricter union. Jew and Gentile
Intimacy on 5 different levels were not increased on any level. Not as lovers, not as spiritual brother and sister, not as friends, not as his beautiful one, nor as his dove.
She had no spiritual family love when he called and knocked even though he called her “My sister” for he says “Open to me, my sister, my friend, my dove, my beautiful one.” They were both in the family of God. Those in God’s family have the same nature and love as God and that nature will manifest itself in obedience to God.
She was a child of God and therefore they were brother and sister yet she temporarily acted like a selfish child of the devil.
She was his friend and companion yet she acted like an enemy and opponent in the relationship. Her delightful thought she be “I am his friend, I should act like it and answer the door.”
A dove has one mate forever yet here she commits spiritual adultery by serving self first. A dove is a symbol of love yet here her love sleeps. Even though his feelings for her are that she is his dove her actions manifested otherwise. She should have heard him say to her that she is his dove and then she should have acted like it.
“My beautiful one”
Someone beautiful is attractive to the beholder. Someone beautiful is flawless. Proportions are right and there is delight in beholding. A beautiful action is one that is consistent with Scripture. We see someone give to the poor or help an old lady across the street and we say that was “beautiful”. There is moral beauty which manifests itself in love to God and other’s. Yet here her moral beauty was not manifested or illustrated to us. The ugliness of her dark side is seen.
A wife who doesn’t listen to her husband is not beautiful. As the bride of God and Christ we must look as beautiful as possible for our wedding day. The level of our inner beauty is dependent upon our level of humility. Humility is a right view of yourself in relation to God with a proper heart response. Here her relation to him is that she is his sister, friend, dove and beautiful one. Therefore she should act like it. The degree, quality and duration of her happiness is dependent upon it!
He was the one she loved. Other than the love of a spiritual sister, love of a friend, beautiful one and dove her erotic love is also asleep. Had she wanted the closest intimacy with him and been eagerly awaiting his return her passion would not have failed either. He wanted to be nearer to her more than she wanted him.
She had no erotic love and passion for him when he knocked even though she knew it was her beloved knocking.
How much more so.
How much more so does Jesus Christ want to have a closer more intimate relationship with us. Solomon was a most excellent lover. The chief lover among ten thousand song 5:10 and he really loved his wife, giving himseelf to her and called her to himself with sweet words over and over again and then tried using his hand to unlock the door with no success. He kept advancing closer to her yet she lingered.
The love and eagerness of our Beloved to be close to us is seen in everything He does to try to draw us closer to Him.
Think of all the things Jesus does so that we could have a closer more intimate relationship with Him. See His love to God and us motivating Him to do them and then reciprocate His love by obeying His call!
Husband call your wife what she is. She is infinitely valuable in Christ, treat her that way!! She is a child of God, treat her that way. Be a spiritual brother to her. She is a friend, treat her that way, even when she acts like an enemy. Even if she acts like an enemy God calls you to love your enemies! You want her to honor you, you must be honorable! She is a beautiful delicate vase, treat her that way. She is your dove, love her that way. Lead by example.
Know your place in your relationship/Relationship and act accordingly. You are his act like it. You are his spiritual sister so act like your spirit filled. You are his friend, companion and suitable helper so act like it. You are beautiful act even more so. You are his/His dove who’s character should manifest itself in loving thoughts, feelings, words and actions..
Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.
I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.
I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.
If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28
I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.
If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.
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.
I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.
Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.
About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.
As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.
Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.
I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.
I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.
I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.
I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.
I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.
I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.
California at age 26.
I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.
One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.
By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.
I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."
So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.
After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.
I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.
I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.
I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.
The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.
About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.
I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.
Then this life changing advice came:
A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.
In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.
I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.
About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.
I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.
So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.
I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.
Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.
About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.
Then a mission trip to Croatia.
Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.
About 3 years saved now.
I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.
Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.
I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.
Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.
My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!
I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.
God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.