By J.A. Medders
When it comes to keeping secrets, little kids are not to be trusted. I’ve learned never to tell our children the birthday or Christmas presents I got for my wife. They can’t help it; the secret erupts out of them.
Love is meant to burst out of us. In Song of Songs, we see love on high-definition display. There is no hidden love in this book. This is one of the first things we learn about love from the Song of Solomon: love isn’t meant to be a secret. Solomon sings of his love for his bride, and she returns with songs of love for her suitor. Love is supposed to rise to the surface, billowing from the heart, perfuming the way we speak, serve, and live.
Love is meant to be displayed. Love is something we do. As Paul shows us in 1 Corinthians 13, love is patient in the face of impatience. Love is kind when tempted toward anger. Love isn’t rude. Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs done by your wife, kids, friends, or co-workers. Love is visible and active.
It isn’t unmanly to make our love known. We see God’s love for us in the cross of Jesus Christ: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus’ love for us is made known in His cross when Paul describes Him as “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). In fact, Solomon and his bride aren’t the only ones moved to sing because of love. God sings over us. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
God doesn’t hide His love for us. Let’s not hide our love for Him. Let’s not hide our love for others. Let’s love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves. May it be with a love we’re unable to contain.
Written By J.A. Medders