There is nothing like being in love. You wake up and you anticipate the sound of their voice. When the phone rings you wonder if it’s them. You get nervous and spend way too much time on your hair. Your stomach does things it shouldn’t do, and you start buying new items that make you smell good.
Do you remember when being in His presence gave you a pleasing aroma? 2nd Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” NASB. Or this verse, “Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.” Song of Solomon 4:11 NASB.
Marriages come and go. Divorce among the world and the Called Out Ones are on the rise. People will say, “I love (insert name) but I am not in love with them.”
Sometimes after we have been with a person for a while, we stop doing what we may have done at first. If you are a man, perhaps you stopped opening the car door, gained some weight, stopped listening to her, or wooing her? I could name numerous signs of neglect on both parties. These things happen when we become comfortable with our spouses. Yes, we start taking them for granted, and all the extra things they do for us become expected. Sometimes we forget what all they sacrificed. Sometimes we forget what HE sacrificed.
Do you remember when spending time with your spouse used to give you butterflies and make you nervous? Sometimes, after years, things just aren’t as exciting. Jesus-Yeshua said the same thing to His bride.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” Revelations 2:4-5 NIV.
He says, stop and meditate on how much faith, zeal, and excitement you had at the beginning and the compassionate words you used to use when you spoke of me. Then he says, repent. The word Nahum in Hebrew means – to lament, to grieve with great emotions that will motivate us to turn around and run back to our first love in obedience and with a heart that longs to please The Father.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:2 NIV.
I used to know a lady, whose husband was stationed in Vietnam. She was pregnant when he left and he had been gone for over a year. They had no internet, no face time, and no way to communicate except snail mail. My friend could not wait to get that love letter. She checked the mailbox every day, waiting and looking for the mailman. We have a love letter from ABBA our Father, his Holy Word! Do you think when that woman received her husband’s letter from afar, that she just threw it on the coffee table and said, ‘Oh I’ll get to that later. I need to start a load of laundry, or the ball games coming on at 6 p.m. I have to start dinner.”
No, I am thinking she went into the bathroom or bedroom and shut the door and held that letter to her heart. She probably smelled the paper and read each word carefully. Not only that, she probably read that letter over and over again, until she got the next one.
Do you have a love letter? Do you have a lover you’ve been neglecting?
“”I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies.” Song of Solomon 6:3 NASB.