Read Song of Solomon 8
Focus on verse 7
I would begin today by proposing that love is one of the most misinterpreted commodities of our current culture. The most common misunderstanding of love is the idea that it always has a romantic and/or erotic component. The one area where this might not be the case is within family relationships. The English language is partially to blame for this confusion as we use the same word to describe it. In the Greek language this feeling we call love is identified by several different words which help to classify exactly what it is we are feeling. Eros, the Greek word from which the English word “erotic” is derived describes the feeling of sexual attraction. Phileo, describes the love that is shared by good friends on a platonic level. Storge, is the love that a mother has for a child, or that family members might have for one another. Finally, agape is an unconditional love similar to the love God demonstrates to us – “in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” There is nothing that we can do that would make God love us any more or any less than He already does.
The one thing that all these forms of love have in common is that they cannot be bought or sold. This is not to suggest that we don’t make every attempt to do so. The sex trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, which despite being illegal in most civilized nations, continues to thrive worldwide giving the illusion that erotic love can be bought and sold. In our highly materialistic society parents attempt to purchase the love of their children with toys and entertainment instead of earning it by spending time with them. Despite all this misappropriation of love, God’s agape love for us continues to be consistently unquenchable. Solomon writes, “Many water cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house he would be utterly despised.” (v. 7)
The bottom line in regard to love is that God ultimately is the source of all love. The apostle John writes in his gospel account “God IS love.” Essentially what this means is that apart from God love would not exist. Apart from God we would be incapable of experiencing any love whatsoever. The love we feel for one another is love we have borrowed from God. It is because of His great love for us, that He allows us to experience His love as we share it with one another. It is also His hope that we will choose to share it with Him.