Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Song of Songs 8.6-7
Earlier in July there was a gas leak under the sea in the Gulf of Mexico, this led to phenomenal pictures being taken of the swirling vortex of fire in the middle of the sea with boats uselessly spraying water to mitigate the fire (look it up, it’s amazing).
This is something like the picture that the woman paints of love in the closing verses of the book. “Many waters cannot quench love”. I’d be surprised to find a person who has never felt the pain of a broken-down relationship, a friend that has lost touch, an estranged sibling, the death of a parent or child, and yet these words of wisdom are spoken from one person to their love.
In our relationships with Christ the words written above are true and they are always true. The only variable in our union with Christ is ourselves, He is the constant, He is the unquenchable, He is the pursuer; and although on earth we have mortal bodies those who love Him are promised life as constant as His and life as perfect and wonderful as we could ever ask when we meet Him at the end.
It is this love that has been exceedingly poured into and over our lives, a love that is matchless and could never be bought. It is this love that Jesus Christ has for you and longs for you to know more deeply.