Week 50 Thursday


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.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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