Human love is a reflection of the love of Christ for His Church. For that reason, we can learn a little about Christ’s love from human love stories.
I am my beloved’s,
and his desire is for me. Song of Solomon 7:10
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Galatians 1:15-17
In Solomon’s Song, he tells us of a beautiful and passionate love between a man and a woman. They describe each other with tenderness and awe. Each has found in the other all they could ever want in a spouse. No one or nothing could draw them away. They long to be together. They revel in being desired by each other.
In officiating weddings, I frequently use a famous prayer by Dr. Lewis Evans, the same one our pastor prayed for Mary and me. The next to last paragraph says, “May they never take each other for granted, but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, ‘Out of all this world you have chosen me!’” Amen.
But there is an even greater love. It is the love of God–love which existed before time. It is love which planned our existence and, if God is pleased, chose us to be His own and to do His will. Paul marveled at the wonder of God’s grace–His undeserved, unmerited favor. Paul never stopped exclaiming with breathless wonder, “Out of all this world, God has chosen me!”
Think about it
It is wonderful to know that the one you love so much, loves you just as much. How much more to know that the Eternal God knows, loves, and has set you apart for Himself before you were born!
Do you marvel that it pleased God to reveal His Son to you? No lack or longing obligated God to do it. He chose to do so because it pleased Him. Like the bride in the Song, never stop exclaiming, “I am My Beloved’s and His desire is for me.”