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February 13, 2022 7:00 pm
Two octogenarians, one from Germany and the other Denmark, were an unlikely couple. They each enjoyed sixty years of marriage before being widowed. Though living only fifteen minutes apart, their homes were in separate countries. Still, they fell in love, regularly cooking meals and spending time together. Sadly, in 2020, due to the coronavirus, the Danish government closed the border crossing. Undeterred, every day at 3:00 p.m., the two met at the border on a quiet country lane, and seated on their respective sides, shared a picnic. “We’re here because of love,” the man explained. Their love was stronger than borders, more powerful than a pandemic.
The Song of Songs effuses in rapturous language about love’s indomitable power. “Love is as strong as death,” Solomon insists (8:6). None of us escapes death; it arrives with a steely finality we can’t break. And yet love, the writer says, is every bit as strong. What’s more, love “burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” (v. 6). Have you ever watched a fire exploding in feverish rage? Fire—like love—is impossible to contain. “Many waters cannot quench love.” Not even a raging river can sweep love away (v. 7).
Human love, whenever it’s selfless and true, offers reflections of these characteristics. However, only God’s love offers such potency, such limitless depths, such tenacious power. And here’s the stunner: God loves each of us with this unquenchable love.
Welcome to today's encouragement from our daily.
Today's reading titled the power of love was written by Wim Collier to octogenarians, one from Germany and the other from Denmark were an unlikely couple, they had each enjoyed 60 years of marriage before being widowed, though, living only 15 minutes apart. Their homes were in separate countries still they fell in love regularly, cooking meals and spending time together. Sadly, in 2020. Due to the coronavirus, the Danish government close the border crossing. Undeterred every day at 3 PM.
The two met at the border on a quiet country lane and seated on their respective sides shared a picnic.
We are here because of love. The man explained their love was stronger than borders more powerful than a pandemic. The song of songs offers an impressive display of logs, invincible power, love is as strong as death. Solomon insisted none of us escapes death. It arrives with the steely finality.
We can't break and yet love the writer said is every bit as strong. What's more, love burns like a blazing fire like a mighty flame.
Have you ever watched a fire exploding in feverish rage love like fire is impossible to contain many waters cannot quench love. Not even a raging river can sweep love away human love. Whenever it's selfless and true offers reflections of these characteristics. However, only God's love offers such potency. Such limitless depths such tenacious power and here's the stunner God loves each of us with this unquenchable love.
Now let's hear some Old Testament poetry together. This is today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is taken from the song of songs chapter 8 verses six through seven.
Place me like a seal over your heart like a seal on your arm for love is as strong as death.
It's jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give all the wealth of one's house for love there would be utterly scorned. Let's pray. Jesus, thank you for lavishing us with your deep and powerful love. A love that is so selfless that you allowed yourself to take the penalty of our sin in order to release us from the death grip. It had on us and to free us to live in true freedom.
May our lives be an outpouring of your love in the world that is still bound by sin and needs your freedom Jesus it's in your name that we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Wes Ward and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries