We begin Song of Songs today. It is a book focused on the beauty of marital/romantic love.
We have a tendency as individuals and a culture to do one of two things with this type of love. The first view is the Disney way of romantic love. It is to conceive of romance as the pinnacle of love. It is to think that only in a romantic relationship can we find fulfillment and when we enter into this relationship we will live 'happily ever after'. The second is to reject this type of love. Usually due to past heartbreak or abuse, we may reject the value or beauty of marriage.
God wants our perspective to be a middle ground between these two extremes. He wants us to see the beauty of romance and marriage, and celebrate and enjoy it while also understanding that fulfillment only comes in Christ. No one outside of Jesus can complete us. This is why the image is often used of Jesus as the groom of the church. He is the one who makes us whole and he is the one we ultimately need union with.
Question of the day: Which of the two cultural views of romance do you take? What has shaped this perspective?
Father God, thank you that you make me complete. Help me not to look to anyone else including my spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend or others to do that which only you can do in my life. Thank you that in you is joy, peace and contentment. Amen.