There were two girls, DeeDee and Terry, in the junior high class I taught at church. They latched on to this saying that was popular in the late ’60s. I’ll be with the guy until love does us part, then I’ll move on to find the next guy. Didn’t matter what I said, and I’d never read the part in Song of Solomon in Chapter 8 that talks about how strong love is. They decided that was the philosophy they would live with. Well DeeDee finished high school, and got married. After a few years she decided love had parted. She came home with the divorce papers, and as she walked in the door, her husband shot her. She died there with the divorce papers in her hand. He stuck the gun in his mouth and shot himself. Somehow he didn’t die. I don’t know what happened to him after that, and I lost track of Terry and don’t know if she stuck with that philosophy.
But I do know that when you awaken love between yourself and someone else that it is extremely strong and you can’t control the other person.
Play with fire and you may get burned.
Play with love and it can be worse.
Chapter 8 verses 5-7
Make me a seal upon your heart,
a seal upon your arm,
because love is strong as death, fervent love as relentless as the grave,
its flashes are flashes of fire, the flame of the Lord.
Many water cannot extinguish love,
and river will not drown it.
If a man offered all the possessions of his house for love, they would utterly scorn him.