Today’s scripture selection: Song of Solomon 3-4
Key verse: Song of Solomon 4:7
“All beautiful you are; my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
Nobody’s perfect – everybody knows that, right?
Ah, but if you are in love, you may choose to argue with that. When love is fresh and young, it’s easy to believe that the object of your affection is perfect.
That’s part of the beauty of “falling” in love. We see the other as flawless, or at least, pretty close to it.
Can you identify with feeling that way about someone?
In this ancient love poem, we hear the man celebrating all the different aspects of his chosen beloved; especially her physical beauty. He goes on and on about everything he admires. And, when he has described it all in detail, he concludes she is absolutely perfect – “there is no flaw in you.”
The spiritual application of these same verses reminds us of something wonderful and important: that’s how God sees us.
Oh, I don’t mean that God is a naïve lover; blind to our blemishes by His infatuation with us. God knows us better than we know ourselves. If anyone is blinded to our faults – it is us – not Him.
But, at the same time, by His grace; acceptance; forgiveness; and most importantly, by His giving of Himself upon a cross of redemption – God proves it is true:
We have become without blemish; acceptable; not just loveable – but actually treasured.
How do the old gospel hymns put it? That even though our sins were like “scarlet” He has washed them “white as snow.”
It’s something to ponder that God loves us that much. And, if we can accept that love, it allows us to forgive and accept ourselves in new ways.
And, once we do that, we can “love as He has first loved us”. The cycle of grace-filled love just goes on and on.
Nobody’s perfect – that’s true. But God loves us and accepts us anyway. Maybe, in His eyes, we truly are flawless.
Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for seeing me through your eyes of love. AMEN.