Song Of Solomon 4:1 How He Sees You

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How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. You hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead. Song Of Solomon 4:1 

The person who is in love sees the one that is loved as perfect. There does not appear to be any faults in the person. There is no other person for the person who is doing the loving.

Couples who are in love with each other are often described as crazy because they will do anything for each other out of their great love They see the other as of the highest value in their lives.

The man in Solomon’s book shows extreme love for one he loves. He describes her as beautiful and with a value of a whole flock of goats.

With seeing the man as God, it is showing God as loving His bride and thinking she is beautiful and of great value.

God sees His people, those who believe in Jesus, with those same eyes. He sees the believer as extremely beautiful and of extreme value.

Looking at a believer as the world does or even the individual, one only sees a few good things and many faults. Humans do not see another person as God does. He is seeing Christ Jesus and His righteousness in the believer.

God is telling the believer that he is beautiful, a bride without spot or wrinkle. One can be seen this way only because of the forgiveness and righteousness that Jesus has given the believer.

God has the ability to see a person as the end result of what Jesus has done for him, rather than just a person who keeps messing up and failing. This can be done because of His perfect love, grace and mercy.

As a believer you can see all of your faults. You know when and where you have messed up in your past. However, if you have repented of your sins, you are now clean before God. God sees you as beautiful, not sinful and dirty.

Allow yourself to be cleansed of all sin and stand before God in Christ Jesus as holy and righteous. Allow God to change you into the perfect bride who is spotless. Do not allow yourself to go back into the dirt of sin and death.

Do not allow yourself to see yourself as only garbage, but as one who is greatly loved.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will see yourself as God sees you; and that you will live holy as Christ lived. 

Song Of Solomon 3:4 Holding On Tight

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Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me. Song Of Solomon 3:4 

Finding someone that someone loves is a great thing. People will find the ‘perfect’ one for them to love. Often this takes a lot of time and patience waiting to find that person, but once found, they are happy. They will grab onto that person and hold on tight, never wanting to be separated.

This is done out of love for the person. It will often cause a person to do crazy things for the one he loves. All the person can think about is being with the one he loves.

Solomon paints a picture of a lady finding the one she loves after searching for some time and being unable to find him. When she does find him, she holds on tight and won’t let him go wanting intimacy with him.

While this can be seen in relationships between a man and a woman, this can also true in the relationship between a person and God. When a person begins to believe in Jesus, there is a close relationship with God that has begun.

The true love that God has for a person draws a person closer to Him. It can cause the person to want to hold on tight and not let Him go.

This should cause a believer to want to get closer to God than ever before, to get intimately close to God. Allowing God into the bedroom for exposure to everything within one’s life.

Holding onto God like this will cause a person to turn from sin in order to be closer to Him. God becomes his whole focus in life.

What is your greatest love in your life? Is it the things of this world, or is it God?

Seek to draw closer to God and get closed into the secret place with Him. Allow yourself to be fully exposed to His gaze, so that you can also see Him clearly and know Him more.

Make Jesus your first love in your life. As you do that God will hold all else together for you in His way and in His time. You will find eternal love and peace. God is there for you and is not against you. Hold on to Him tightly.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the love of God; that you will love God with all of your life; and that you will hold on to with all that within you. 

The Fruit Of The Spirit: Kindness

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Over the last several weeks I have looked at the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace and patience. Today I will be looking at kindness.

Kindness is the act of meeting the needs of someone else. It is not being harsh with other people.

The world is always looking for people to be kind. Everyone wants others to be kind to them, to not hurt them or do anything wrong to them. However, many people are not really that kind to others. Harsh words are said. Lying to others occurs. Cheating on others occurs. Violence and abuse is rampant. Hatred abounds.

The believer, the follower of Jesus is to be different.

Throughout the bible many people requested of others to be shown kindness. They did not want to be harmed in any way. There were some that did show kindness.

Naomi exclaimed that Boaz had shown great kindness when he provided food for Ruth.

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In 2 Chronicles 2, David gave honor to the men from Jabesh Gilead for their kindness in burying Saul after he was killed. This honor was given when the kindness was shown to his enemy, who was out to kill him.

David later wants to show kindness to anyone who was left from the house of Saul, his enemy. He understood God’s kindness to him and wanted to pass that on to others. The interesting thing with David is that he is showing kindness to the family of his mortal enemy. As king, he had the right to destroy all of Saul’s family line, but he chose instead to show God’s kindness.

“In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8

Isaiah quotes God in talking about His kindness. God was angry with Israel for rebelling against Him and following false gods, but He chose instead to be kind to them with compassion, giving them what they really needed.

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Years later Jesus gives a parable about the good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37. This man showed kindness to the enemy. He had the man given right to ignore the man on the side of the road, but chose to help him instead. He not only helped him in the short term of getting him to the hospital, but took care of all of his expenses.

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4

Paul points out the value of God’s kindness. It is because of His great kindness that one is led to Him to repent. God is not a God who just judges harshly and condemns everyone. God wants to save people. He wants a relationship with people. If He were not kind, then we would never have a chance to be saved. We would be afraid to repent, because we would fear harsh judgment.

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Let a righteous man strike me–that is kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Psalm 141:5

Most people take offense at a rebuke, but David had a different thought on what a rebuke may look like. A rebuke is a harsh condemning of an action or word and is thus usually hated. He saw a rebuke from a righteous (believer) person as good. He saw a rebuke as an act of kindness. This rebuke would cause him to refocus back onto God and check himself in his actions and words. Not giving a rebuke would be to allow a person to continue to live in sin or in a wrong way. Kindness will point Him towards God and His word.

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

The final verse I want to look at is written by Paul in Colossians. He tells the Colossian church to clothe themselves with kindness. This should be a mark of the believer.

There are many more examples of the kindness of Jesus shown in the gospels. He was kind to the blind, the lame, the lepers, the drunkards, the adulterers, and sinners. The only people Jesus was not very kind to were those who claimed to know God, but went against God in what they did and taught.

Every day you will have plenty of opportunities to show kindness to others. It could be in the checkout lane at the store, at a gas station, driving down the road, passing by a person on the sidewalk or many other places and situations.

You will have many people who are enemies to you. They will harm you either physically or emotionally with words. When this occurs you will have a choice to either retaliate in anger and vengeance or to return their harm with the kindness and love of God.

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Being a believer you will have God’s Holy Spirit in you. With His Holy Spirit in you, you should be displaying His kindness towards everyone. This is another fruit of the Spirit.

If you examine your life and find you are lacking in the area of kindness, seek God for help. Examine how God has shown you kindness and then become more like Jesus in showing kindness towards others. Let your life be marked by one as having kindness towards everyone.

The fruit of the Spirit continues to grow from each one to the next. As you have God’s love showing in your life, you will have His joy, which will bring about His peace, which will bring about His forbearance/patience, which will bring about His kindness in your life. These are the first four fruits that should be evident in your life when you are following Jesus and are filled with His Holy Spirit.

Thank you for continuing on this journey of looking at the fruit of the Spirit. Next week I will continue on with looking at goodness.

Song Of Solomon 2:3 Enjoying His Presence And Fruit

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Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Ecclesiastes 2:3 

Most people have someone that they love to be around. They enjoy the presence of the person and what that person can bring into their life.

Each person is able to bring different things into the life of someone else. Some bring peace, others strength, or a listening ear, or care, or joy, or some other feeling or need that a person has.

Although many people do bring good things into the lives of those they are closest to, there are often many times when they do not bring those good things and will sometimes bring in negative. Each person has his own set of challenges and these are often brought into a relationship.

In this passage today, the lady loves to be with her loved one. She loves the fruit that he brings to her.

This is like the relationship of the believer (the church) with Jesus. The true believer in Jesus will enjoy being in His presence. The shade in the verse indicates that he is nearby.

When one is living for God, he will enjoy God’s presence. When he is living in a sinful way, he will despise God’s presence or run from it.

One of the things that God brings into the relationship is the fruit of His Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of His presence in the life of a believer.

A good sign for the believer that he is truly living for God is if he loves God’s presence and His fruit. Many do not taste the fruit because they want to live as the world lives and then they despise His close presence.

What do you love? Do you look forward to spending time in God’s presence, or are you in a rush to move on to “bigger and better things” that are only temporary and do not really satisfy?

Allow yourself to slow down and sit in His presence and enjoy what God can bring to you. Taste of His Holy Spirit and the fruit he has for you. These things are eternal and will benefit you more than the food and relationships of this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will love to spend time with God; that you will know the great taste of God’s fruit in your life; that you will find satisfaction in God alone; and that you will love God with all of your heart.