Song of Solomon 2:3-4 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
There are thousands of self-help relationship books available today. Some talk only of His needs, while others speak only of hers. Yet, the best advice of all time is found in the best-selling book of all times. The Bible. In it’s pages we find a simple three-point outline that will help any marriage if applied early and repeated often.
In today’s verses the woman says, “I sat down under his shadow.” She felt safe by his protection of her. Next she exclaims “his fruit was sweet to my taste.” The word taste refers to a knowledge, gained by a close intimate relationship. As the Psalmist says in Ps. 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good.” She knew his heart because they’d spent time with one another. Then she declares “his banner over me was love.” Troops in that day carried a banner announcing who they were. She knew of his love for her because he’s not ashamed of her as he brings her into the king’s banquet hall and let others see his affection for her. Three things both partners should find in marriage. Protection, physically and emotionally. Neither party should ever slander the other, nor stand for others to do so. Next, intimacy. Not only physically, but really knowing each other from time spent together. Finally obvious displays of affection for one another. Hold hands, opening a door, and speak kindly of them. Your partner and others will see your oath of love and find joy in your relationship.
So, what do you do with all those other books? Read them first, there is good advice in many of them. Then, maybe start a fire and cuddle up next to one another. Remember, the love you display shows the world an example of God’s love for us.
What example of God’s love do you display?
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