So how do we embody this extravagant love that Jesus has for each one of us?
We must “become” such by immersing our very being into “who He is”.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings; being made conformable unto his death.” (Philippians 3:10)
May I indeed truly feel him, and have a full experience of being with him. That I totally lose myself in Him until my identity in who I think I am slides off from me and slowly fades away as I surrender and utterly abandon that old identity and lay down all the consistency that made it up.
Yes, I made it all up consisting of who I thought I wanted to be in this world and I tried so very hard to make it work
It would not stay afloat in the sea of life and so it took on the weight and tempest of “the sea” which became the opposite of life, which if you spell “live” backwards is “evil”.
I floundered in the storm, tossed to and about with every wave of cunning craftiness and doctrine that was out of alignment with the Word of Truth; the Word of God.
I lost my bearings as the breakers and the waves swept over me.
Some go down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters.
They see the deeds of the Lord and his wondrous works in the deep.
For He commands and raises the stormy winds which lift up the waves of the sea.
They mount up to the heavens until they go down unto the depths
Their courage melts away in their evil plight.
They reel and stagger like drunken men and are at their wits’ end.
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivers them from their distress.
He makes the storm be still and the waves of the sea are hushed.
Then they are glad that the waters become quiet and he brings them into their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love and
for his wonderful works to the children of man!
The Captain of the sea has to become my surety.
God says in Psalm 2:12 that we “are to “Kiss the Son” and there has been much lost here in meaning as to understanding the words; this must be surrendered.
It has against it the weight of all the ancient versions except for one known as “the Syriac.”
What the Father wants to get across here is we are to love as one “lays hold of discipline”, or “pays pure adoration”, as to “touch the heart as with discernment, therefore “arm yourselves with discipline”.
Love is to be as strong as the persevering drive to see another thrive as the bite of death is to life; to be unconditionally ready and willing to sacrificially give toward another’s wellbeing to help them to reach for their very best. As I help them to reach their highest level of fulfillment it is part of bringing to me my ultimate fulfillment.
Hereafter the verses I point to shall reference (The Song of Solomon as “Song”.
Throughout the Song of Solomon, the lovers speak to each other using vibrant imagery that richly evokes all the senses and powerfully conveys their love.
They also have challenges, however, in the form of obstructions (1:6, 2:15, 8:9), missed encounters (3:1-2,5:6-8, 6:1-2), and even violence (5:7).
Despite these, the overall expression of the book is joyous and life affirming. The perception of the Songs of Songs as a story of human love is relatively recent.
For much of the Song of Songs, human love is an intimate affair, replete with personal reference.
Love is as strong as death and passion as fierce as the grave.
What does it mean for love and death to be compared to in this way?
Does it not death’s gravity illustrate the tension between love and death?
The tension between love and death frequently tempts Western cultural imagination.
Whatever love is, it is so potent that even a flood cannot consume it. So do not be tempted to trade it for anything, even, great wealth. It does not match the greatest things of the material world.
For God so loved the world that He sacrificially gave His only begotten Son. (John 3:16)
That we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:2)