Today you should read: Song of Solomon 6
I will be using Daniel Akin’s Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Song of Songs to help write this commentary.
Chapter 6 is a great illustration of how both husband and wife play a huge role in maintaining a healthy marriage. The previous chapter talked about reconciliation after a fight. In this chapter, things are going really well and they know that it will require work to keep it that way. Both the man and women give really good examples of how to keep a healthy relationship. They do and say the right things and really connect with each other.
She began using her words to complement him at the end of chapter 5, but she begins using her actions to complement what she has already said.
She studies his actions. She does this not in a creepy kind of stalking way, but instead it is a, “I want to know my husband so that I can be one with him.” She studies him to know him.
She also welcomes his advances. The garden she is referring to is believed to not be a physical garden, but instead a metaphor about their love making. She says, “I am my lover’s and my lover is mine. He browses among the lilies.” She knows that sex is important to her husband and because of that it is also important to her. She knows this because she studies her husband.
The husband responds with words of affirmation. Telling her how beautiful (verse 4), irresistible (verse 5), and special (verses 8-10) she is to him.
This chapter shows a healthy balance of words and actions that shows how to maintain a healthy marriage. I know this is an area in my life where I need to improve. Sometimes I tell my wife how great she is, but never use actions to show that. Sometimes I do the opposite and do all of these things, but never tell her how beautiful she looks today or how special she is to me.
To singles: Are you lifting up those around you through your words and actions? Are you creating habits of building others up or tearing others down through your words?
To those dating: Are your words uplifting to your partner? Is there a balance of words and actions to show how much you care?
To those who are married: Are you taking the time to study your partner and intentionally creating intimate conversations? Are you balancing your words and actions to show your affection?
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship & Students
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