September 3 “A lover’s quarrel & biblical love”

quarrel, fightCan God’s love working in us enable us to respond to others in a different way even when the other person is acting selfishly?

Today’s Readings:
Song of Solomon 5 & 6
Psalm 104.24-30
Proverbs 24.19-20
1 Corinthians 13.1-13

Song of Solomon 5 & 6:

A lovers’ quarrel

In chapter 5.2-8 the Shulamite and Solomon have had a lovers’ quarrel. Solomon expressed his desire for her in the middle of the night and she made excuses.

Both of them were selfishly focused on themselves. By the time his bride had second thoughts, you might say, Solomon had gone to sleep on the couch.

“I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer” (5.6).

Verse 9 begins “What is your beloved more than another beloved …” This serves as a poetic reminder to quit focusing on his selfishness and to focus on his good qualities.

That is so important in a marriage! Continue reading