Once upon a time, I worked with children. As I read the New International Version of Song of Solomon, I am reminded of the above attached song. With so much sin, pain and hate in this life, it is easy to lose sight of this fact. It is so easy that many do not believe God loves them, because they don’t feel that love from God’s representatives. As far as that goes, some do not believe he loves at all. Some pridefully foolish individuals who claim God as Lord seem to believe God loves them, but cannot love someone of a different race, religion or lifestyle than they adhere to. With this post, especially as it is written during this Christmas Holiday season, I will use Song of Songs to remind us of God’s love.
“Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love”
Song of Songs 2:4
If God’s people represent the Woman in this love story and the Man is God, then this writer is saying God’s banner over us is love. Join me in taking a closer look at what is meant by the banner.
John Gill in his exposition on Song of Solomon 2:4, explains that the banner alludes to a king’s banner or flag bearing the name, colors and or crest of the king. Christ’s kingdom bears the banner of “Love.” Jesus told his disciples, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” John 13:35. His banner which helps others recognize which kingdom we belong to has “LOVE” written on it. That’s the picture here. When we make God our King, we are serving under his banner. Not only do we benefit from God’s love, we are represent that love to those around us.
I submit my opinion based on all the scriptures and using Christ’s own words to argue that “loving one another” includes all people, not just those like me. My first argument for believing in a loving God, His love for me has always been constant. I haven’t always felt His love at every moment, but experience shows me that God has always loved me and continues to love me.
I believe two of the Gospels – the written testimonies of those who spent each day with Christ – quotes him as saying that anyone can love someone who is good and/or good to them, but he encouraged the audience to love even enemies (Matthew 5:43, Luke 6:27). Matthew, Mark and Luke record Christ saying that the whole of the Commandments have their roots in the first two which is to love God with every fiber of your being and to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.
To love one another, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to love our enemies, all are God’s commandments. In John 14:15, John records Jesus to say, “If you love me, keep my commands.” If I love God, I will show love for everyone else. It’s not to be a hypocritical love or contrived love, but real love. How do I accomplish that, especially for those who hate me? For me to pull that off, I need to experience God’s love and allow His love to express true love through me to all others.
Some people are more loving by nature than I am. It doesn’t come so easy and natural for me. To respond more lovingly to others, I have to remind myself that whatever has been done to me, I have done to others or that I am very capable of it because I’m made of the same human stuff – greed, selfishness, pride and lust. But God loves me and you so much that He came down to Earth in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ to be the punishment we deserve, so we can be the conduit for His love and experience the fulfillment that brings in this life and the next. Life is no longer dead spiritually and incapable of true love, but alive and full of love.
It’s like falling in love each every time I think about God’s love for me. When you’re in love, you love more easily.
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