From the most delightful personal experience of having her heart shepherded by the king of peace the bride proclaims the excellency of her beloved saying,
“My beloved is mine and I am his”
“He shepherds among the lilies.” Solomon’s Song of Songs 2:16
This is one of those verses in the Love Song where you wonder, What is this verse doing here? Why mention him shepherding among the lilies right after their engagement? This verse seems to just come out of the blue and not have much to do with anything prior to it or after it in the Song.
In Song 6:3 the words are reversed but the same thing about him is true.
“I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine, He who pastures/shepherds among the lilies.” Song 6:3
First he shepherded her heart into believing that he was hers, for she glories in the fact and says first “My beloved is mine…
Then as the bride matures having experienced love from her shepherd husband first she learns to denial herself and labor in love for him then glories in the fact and says “I am his” first rather than saying “My beloved is mine…” first.
“I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine, He who pastures/shepherds among the lilies.” Song 6:3
Yet both times she is letting us know that the main reason for the growing love and closeness in the relationship is due to her wise and loving shepherd husband. Who shepherds her heart in a time when the curse is being reversed on the land and in the hearts of God’s people in His kingdom on earth.
Theres a popular love song in our era that has a line in it that goes “I got my mind set you, set on you…” She has her mind set on him and she is happy with his shepherding skills.
Context from the beginning
King David is about to die and young Solomon is anointed king. The born again Gentile slave girl is at the anointing and falls in love. She deeply desired to be near the king of peace whom her heart loved so she asked the king/shepherd boy where he rests his flock at noon so that she could be out of slavery in the hot sun and near him. As a good shepherd he gives her direction as to where to find peace and rest near him at noon. He adores her desire to be near him and she has no fear of drawing close to him because of his good reputation. This fearless pursuit of the king of peace by a born again Gentile slave girl reminds him of a fearless, powerful mare in battle. So he compliments her inner character and admires her outer beauty. They talk and adore each other, go on their first date, wind up at a banquet hall where he has a banner there with the word “love” on it and she is standing right under it as she has no strength to stand due to the overwhelming thoughts and feelings of his love to her. She falls faint and is supported by his loving arms. Sometime passes then he goes to propose.
He has shown up to her house, she is inside and he is outside. He proposes to her, leading her closer and into a closer more intimate relationship. She shy’s away like a dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock. He gets her to show him her lovely face and let him hear her sweet voice.
They have something really good going on. The relationship is blossoming but she is afraid to lose what they have going on. Foxes could destroy their relationship. She asks him to catch the foxes. She doesn’t want anything coming between her and him. She doesn’t want the foxes to destroy their friendship and growing love for one another so he gives himself to her. He gives himself for her. He gives himself to her for the purpose of making her happy by making sure nothing could separate their love for each other. He gives himself to her to destroy the foxes so that they won’t ruin their relationship from becoming more and more intimate. In return she gives herself completely to him. They now own each other and she glories in the fact and says,
“My beloved is mine and I am his”
“He shepherds among the lilies” Song of Solomon 2:16
Ways in which he was a shepherd or leader.
He was her wise king with a good reputation. Solomon’s role in the courtship was to shepherd her heart. To not do things that made things move to fast. Did what it took to calm her fears. By love drew her closer. As a good shepherd he gave her good advice. He communicated his feelings towards her in words and ways in which she knew he loved her. All in all he was fulfilling his role as a shepherd guided by the wisdom God gave him and empowered by an unquenchable love in his heart.
Ways in which she followed
She did her role as the sheep in the relationship
The shepherd calls and the sheep hear his voice. A major role of the man in a relationship is to shepherd the heart of his bride closer to God and himself. His voice was irresistible and she knew it. For she said “Listen, my beloved…” Then he speaks to her again when she is shying away. He doesn’t want her to shy away from him but to draw closer. So he says,
“Show me your face and let me hear your voice for your face is lovely and your voice is sweet.”
So he wants her to tell him how she is feeling. He wants her to be sincere and look at him so he can see her lovely face.
This would have brought her great assurance that he loved her because if you remember she was a sunburnt Gentile slave girl and now the Messiah and king of Israel is wanting her to arise and go away with him. She would love to but their seems to be so many foxes out there that could ruin the two lovers from getting closer and closer. She is growing in her understanding of the power of love and doesn’t want the priceless love they share to be quenched or destroyed.
So what does the shepherd do?
Out of the burning flame in his heart he gives himself to her. As if he said “I will be your good shepherd. I will lead you closer to God and myself. I will destroy the foxes that have a tendency to destroy relationships.” She in turn gives herself to him. He will shepherd her heart and she receives him as her good, wise and loving shepherd. Even in courtship iron ought to sharpen iron.
My conclusion thus far is that Solomon, who is also a shepherd of sheep and has a flock that makes physical tracks in the ground that she could follow is shepherding his animal flock among the lilies.
Solomon’s Father David
David was a shepherd of God’s people and also a shepherd of sheep. David was a shepherd of the sheep who fought of both the lion and the bear from attacking the sheep. Solomon, the son of David, would have also been taught how to shepherd a flock of sheep.
Other verses in the Bible that may help
After Jacob wrestled with God his name was changed to Israel. Then Israel said that God was his shepherd. So the comparison is what Solomon was to the Lilies so also God was to Israel in Gen. 48:15
There is mutual possession in the shepherd sheep relationship as their is in marriage. She has possession of the one she loves. “My beloved is mine” The sheep listens to the shepherd for the shepherd owns the sheep.
He shepherds her lovely heart in a beautiful setting.
Shepherding or pasturing his people among the lilies.
Shepherding or pasturing the lilies as a metaphor for someone who is humble, pure and beautiful. As the bride to be compares herself to “a lily of the valleys” earlier in 2:1
This verse is a remembrance of his shepherding her and her heart thus far.
it is a beautiful sight and a great feeling to be shepherded by her beloved king.
As she see’s her beloved shepherding his sheep she thinks of how he has lead her heart closer to his. She felt like those sheep among lilies.
Having full possession of the one her heart loves and having lovingly given herself completely over to his will, trusting his lead like a sheep does a shepherd. Loving his protection from harm like a sheep to a good shepherd.
As she contemplates the idea of her fiancé being a shepherd of sheep among lilies and her experience with him thus far there are many similarities thus the analogy is appropriate.
It is true Solomon has three types of sheep.
Solomon has a flock of animal sheep.
Solomon has a personal flock of sheep, meaning the people of Israel.
Solomon, her beloved fiancé is the shepherd of her heart.
He who shepherds in a beautiful setting.
The whole thing is beautiful. A shepherd of hearts doing his work in a beautiful setting.
Shepherding her heart closer requires wisdom or skill like a gazelle, timing, sweet words and self denial.
Shepherding, the mans role in the relationship
1 Leadership. The role of a shepherd husband is to Lead.
Psalm 80:1 “Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!”
Psalm 23 “He leads me beside still waters..” See also 1 Chronicles 11:2, Ps. 78:70-72
Psalm 95:7 “For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand Today, if you would hear His voice” See also Psalm 79:13, Micah 7:14
3 Hearing, knowing and obedience. Hearing and obeying his voice. Psalm 95:7
4 Authority and obedience. EZ. 34:31
5 Selfless oversight with eagerness. 1 Peter 5:2 “shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness”
6 Physical and spiritual provision. Song 2:3, Psalm 23:1“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want” Spiritual provision and physical. Ez. 34:23,
Jeremiah 3:15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”
Protect her feelings of fear by being of good repute. Song 1:9 a mare in battle has no fear. Jer. 23:4
7 She is feeling safe from foxes 2:15, blessed and carried 2:6
Psalm 28:9 “Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.”
8 A shepherd gathers lost sheep and keeps them. Jer. 31:10, Ez. 34:11-16
This is a summary statement and 4 reasons why.
“He shepherds among the lilies”
1 The verse doesn’t directly talk about wether or not it is animal sheep that he is shepherding.
2 Often times she is communicating her feelings in words that come along with her thoughts
3 To have the thoughts and feelings of a woman being properly shepherded by a man at this juncture in the Love Song is quite fitting and appropriate because he has been doing the role of a shepherd of her heart all along.
4 He is a shepherd of Israel in a setting where the curse is being reversed.
5 “among the lilies” the land was being blessed. The land was not a cursed dessert. But was blossoming and rich in flowers and food. Due to Solomon shepherding her among lilies gives us the idea of the surrounding beauty and reversal of the curse on the land.
What is clear
When a text of Scripture is unclear we must look to the context first and then notice things about the text that are clear. Once we see what is clear, hopefully we can see what is unclear.
1 She speaks about her fiancé. She says “He…” She is speaking about her beloved, co regent, king Solomon. So we know who she is talking about.
2 She tells us where he is at. He is either in a garden or where lilies grow.
3 What fits in Song 2:16 also fits as a good translation in Song 6:3.
4 Clearly she wants us to know where he is and what he is doing.
For the husbands
She says “He shepherds…” How many of you men could have a wife that gladly rejoices in the fact that you shepherd her heart closer to you. Did you woo her closer when dating but now you have stopped. Do you shepherd her. Do you lead her into a closer more intimate relationship with God. This is your role in the marriage. You are her shepherd. Her role is to follow.
Do you lead by making Biblical decision or do you follow your own will and mind? A Godly woman has no problem following a godly man who loving leads and makes wise decisions.
Do you lead or do you drive her like cattle. The man is to lead by example and do it gently with wisdom and love. He is to not drive her to follow him by force but by love and example.
A good shepherd leader has a woman who delightfully follows. There is sweet harmony in a relationship when both do their Biblical roles. Glorify God by doing your role in the marriage.
Choose a man who can Biblically lead the relationship. Any other man will not be wise. A man wise in his own eyes is a fool. In courtship does he set boundaries that keep the relationship pure and holy before marriage? If your man doesn’t know how to shepherd so well is he learning and getting better. He need not be perfect but you should be able to notice his shepherding skills in some form or fashion in the dating phase of the relationship. Your greatest joy and delight is in being close and closer to God, can he help you do that or will his words and actions draw you further from God?
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.