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The Truest of Loves

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.”

Hosea 2:14 NIV

Have you ever read the verses before this one? The verses that state God’s response to a girl fleeing from her lover, refusing to respect the body and woman that she is? He gets frustrated; he gets angry.

So he gives her a new start. He takes her away from everything that pulls her love so that he can be with her, and only he.

“You will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.'”

Hosea 2:16 NIV

And then he transitions his role in her life into a role that is meant to keep her safe, a role designed for marriage. A commitment that’s rooted in seeking the best for each other, treating one another with tender-hearted passion and selflessness.

This is what he wants. He wants a wedding, a day where his heart rejoices. He wants a marriage with her, a lifetime spent choosing to love her, and she him. He wants the depth of love Solomon portrays in Song of Songs.

That kind of love? It’s the kind that friends find joy and take delight in. The kind where he truly and honestly believes that his beloved is the most beautiful, the most desired. A love that enjoys simple time spent together. A love that cannot find faults.

See, that her? She’s you.

God’s response is to you, fleeing from him, refusing to respect the body he gave you and person that he made you to be. He gets frustrated; he gets angry.

So he gives you a new start. He wants to take you away from everything that pulls your love so that he can be with you. Just you and him.

“You will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.'”

Hosea 2:16 NIV

And then he wants to transition his role in your life into a role that is meant to keep you safe, a role designed for marriage. A commitment that’s rooted in seeking the best for both of you, treating one another with tender-hearted passion and selflessness.

This is what he wants. He wants a wedding to you, a day where his heart rejoices. He wants a marriage with you, a lifetime spent choosing to love you, and you him. He wants to feel and show you the depth of love Solomon portrays in Song of Songs.

That kind of love? It’s the kind that friends find joy and take delight in. The kind where he truly and honestly believes that you are his beloved, and you are the most beautiful, the most desired. A love in which you simply enjoy time spent with him. A love in which he finds no fault in you.

This marriage? It should crave one another. It should never run dry. It should not be able to find a single fault. It should feel as if your heart is no longer your own, but his. He’s stolen it, and he is unyielding.

“Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

Song of Songs 2:13 NIV

*I highly encourage the reading of Hosea 2 or the book of Song of Songs to accompany this post, as there are many allusions to them above!

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