Guard your hearts: Lessons from Songs of Songs

This post really tugs at my heartstring, because I’ve personally experienced and had to walk through and submit myself to the teachings that is expressed here in the Book of Song of Songs.

Songs of Songs is one of those books that is not frequently talked about or read but I’ve discovered holds some timely truths particularly when one is in a romantic relationship.

Song of Songs features the love dialogue between a simple Jewish maiden (the Shulamite woman) and her lover Solomon (king of Israel). They describe in intimate and poetic detail their feelings for each other and their longings to be together, we see snapshots of their love, courtship and marriage. Yet amidst the love affair the verse ,” Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires” resonates throughout the book.

“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires”

Song of Songs 3:5

This is a particular wise saying and critical to the success of a romantic relationship, especially in the courting phase of a relationship.

Feelings of love, can create intimacy that overpowers reason, so much so that we can be in a hurry to develop an intimate relationship based on strong feelings. But feelings aren’t enough to support a lasting relationship. This verse encourages us to not force romance lest the feelings of love outweigh the commitment needed to make love last and hence end up in heartbreak!

So it is very wise to patiently wait for feelings of love and commitment to develop together. One without the other wont make a romantic relationship last or be fulfilling.

Thanks for reading

Signing off,

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