Holy love

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14; Proverbs

READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.”

Some scholars have referred to the Song of Solomon as an allegory of God’s love for humankind, some referred to it as a celebration of human love. Whichever the explanation, some find it difficult to accept the extent of sensuality described in the many verses of such a “holy” book. Yet, the Song of Solomon reminds us of an important truth: that sexual love is a gift from God. Sexual love can even be considered to be holy since it comes from God. As long as sexual love is enjoyed within the sanctity of marriage and being faithful to God’s Word; there is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it should be celebrated.

As parents, we often find it difficult to explain sexual love to our children. Subconsciously, we might even find it to be a “shameful” thing to say. Yet, as shepherds of our children’s heart; we must engage them on such an important topic and steer them towards God’s perspective of love and sex. In fact, the Song of Solomon might be a good place to start the conversation.

If we do not take the opportunity to explain the biblical meaning of love and sex to our children; somebody else (like what they see on the Internet or their friends) will. Children might then have very wrong ideas and even act out in ways that are not pleasing to God.

Lord, may you help us to see what you see; and not be ashamed of things which You have created to be beautiful and holy. Amen.