*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*...LIE IN WAIT AT YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S DOOR? (2)*
Song of Solomon 2:7 *l charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Non-marital sex does not keep a relationship.
Solomon teaches that one can fall in love at first sight and even before a person gets married to his/her suitor, Songs of Solomon 1: 15-17. Jacob's first-time encounter with Rachael tells us the power of love at first meeting and sight, Gen 29:10-11.
Solomon's writing, however, teaches that we must allow love to take its due place so that it will not lead to an arousal that may lead to an intimacy before its time.
Love should be allowed to take its due process. A time will come when it will awake on its due accord.
Solomon's word here speaks to singles or intended couples to marriage
(non-marital relationships), more than it speaks of those in marital relationships.
In a non-marital relationship, do not attempt to arouse or awaken love yet. Do not stir it up. Love should be allowed to “rest” until it awakes on its own accord.
lt is hoped that a non-marital relationship will lead to a marital one.
lf you are involved in a relationship with the intention of marriage, you are advised as a single person that sex does not keep a relationship at the stage you are now.
It is not right for you to accept that having sex with a man or woman while you are not married to each other will guarantee marrying one another.
Though a lack of it may not guarantee marriage, given other factors that may involve, its abstinence still remains one of the most respectable, dignifiable, and most honorable conducts before God.
In a marital relationship, sex in the context of a holy marriage is honorable before God, Heb 13:4 says
*Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.*
The presence of this conjugal intimacy and other God's guidelines to holy living remain the only guarantee to a blissful life of a happy home.
As a single, it is wrong to interpret sexual intimacy with an unmarried person as love.
Marriage does not cure adultery, as God intended it. How much more when two unmarried people who are engaged in sexual intimacy think it will lead to or guarantee true marital love or marriage between them.
Marriage is honorable if we honor God's laid down holy guidelines
Only the fear of God makes marriage a cure for adultery!
It may seem to be the regular norm for two unmarried people to live together, engage in sexual intimacy, and co-habit as if they were married yet get married and begin to live normal lives. Just because they do this does not mean it is right before God.
As a single, give time for love. Do not tempt it.
Let love grow. Do not allow it to become lust.
*Call to Word action.*
When he or she is not your spouse, he/she becomes a neighbor in wait. You are in no way different from one who goes into his/her neighbor, Job 31:10.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Why lay *.....wait at my neighbour's door;* when you can wait to
*.....awake,.... love, till he please.*, Songs of Solomon 2:3.
Lord, help me to wait in love till love awakens on its accord. Do not let my love turn to lust, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.