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Meditations by John Dean

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Look of Love

(Song of Solomon 4:7 KJV) Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

It is difficult to read this verse without feeling some emotional involvement. The tenderness in which Solomon wrote almost leaves one breathless, because his “eyes of love” could only see the perfection in his darling and not the flaws.

I also find it difficult to read this scripture and then just pass on to something else. This scripture almost compels one to stop and marinate in the emotion of it in order to understand exactly what Solomon felt.

Recently, while in Hawaii on vacation, I was intrigued by the number of weddings and photo shoots that were taking place on the beaches.

I was particularly intrigued by how each bride and groom looked at each other. It seemed as though at that very moment in their lives they were blinded by love, and like Solomon, they were unable to see any spots or flaws in one another. After all there is nothing quite as beautiful and perfect as love.

I am actually reminded of my own “look of love” story that happened many years ago (and is still happening). Before my wife and I were married, we were sitting in a Coney Island hotdog restaurant in Houston, Texas about to enjoy one of our favorite (we should not be eating this) meals. After bowing our heads and saying grace we looked up at each other, but we were unable to eat. Our love for one another had completely taken away our appetites for natural food. The only thing we could do was to quietly sit there and look at each other.

I am not sure how long we actually sat there in the restaurant, but it was a very long time. We finally left the restaurant that night without having eaten a bite.

Perhaps we had discovered some of what Solomon was trying to communicate in our text.
We may have also discovered (at least in part), what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples upon returning from buying food, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of” (John 4:32).

Could it be the food that Jesus was talking about was the “food of love?” After all, He had just been ministering the love of the Father to the woman at the well.

If that is the case, then that would not only explain why Solomon saw his darling as perfect…but it would also explain why my wife and I lost our appetite in the restaurant that night. True love is not only perfect, but it feeds one on a deeper level.

It has been a long time since our experience at the Coney Island Restaurant, but the effect and emotion of it is as real today as it was then.

Perfect love is how Jesus sees each of us and maybe the Solomon story is in the Bible to encourage us to love one another.

Father,
Help us to see perfect love through Your eyes. Help us not to focus on the spots and flaws we may discover in others, but on the finished work of the cross. We thank You Lord for using Solomon to show the heart of perfect love.

Amen

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