Lesson 14: Things that are lovely.
It is interesting that the word for lovely used in this passage is prosphilēs, a combination of pros (to the advantage of, towards) and phileo (brotherly love). In other words, something lovely intentionally moves and motivates a person or circumstance in the direction of love. It is more than a passive observation such as, “Isn’t that flower lovely?” No, this word has a very purposed intent and flows from a very specific source.
“His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem.” Song of Solomon 5:16.
This narrative between two lovers is really about Jesus and His Church, his followers. In essence it is saying that Christ is completely lovely and loving. In response, the beloved is entranced and gives her full devotion. How is that devotion best expressed today, in a New Testament context of Jesus’ love?
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” I John 4:7-8.
As we fast and pray during this 40 days, how are we letting God motivate us towards intentional love in our relationships? What thoughts, words and actions should be to the advantage of others in response to the “altogether lovely” romantic advance of God through Christ Jesus? In what ways do others feel the lavish love of the Lord as a result of spending time with us?
Today, focus on being lovely to someone who could use a little more of God’s love in their lives.