Monthly Archives: January 2017

ACC Devotion: Song of Songs 8:5

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” (Song of Songs 8:5).

So much of our lives we feel like we are wandering, staggering through a desert. Worn out and dry from our constant struggles with trials, temptations, guilt, shame, sicknesses, the powers of darkness, old age, family responsibilities etc. It can seem like the whole world is against us at times and we don’t have the energy to go on.

Where can we find one who can bring us through this desert? Jesus is our lover – His love for us is never ending. He has experienced every aspect of our lives – He even experienced our sins as He bore the punishment for them on the cross. He is the one we desperately need in our pain.

It is not that He gives us strength to continue on our own, but He lovingly bears our weight – He lets us lean on Him and He walks us, step by step, through this life. He does not get tired of bearing us, He does not get sick of our constant rebellion and whining. He teaches us that He alone is our strength and He supports our full weight.

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” It is us, the children whose trust is in the Lord Jesus, whose hope is in Him alone. He is the one who first loved us, who gave Himself up for us and who’s love for us will never die.

Devotion: Song of Songs 8:5

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” (Song of Songs 8:5).

So much of our lives we feel like we are wandering, staggering through a desert. Worn out and dry from our constant struggles with trials, temptations, guilt, shame, sicknesses, the powers of darkness, old age, family responsibilities etc. It can seem like the whole world is against us at times and we don’t have the energy to go on.

Where can we find one who can bring us through this desert? Jesus is our lover – His love for us is never ending. He has experienced every aspect of our lives – He even experienced our sins as He bore the punishment for them on the cross. He is the one we desperately need in our pain.

It is not that He gives us strength to continue on our own, but He lovingly bears our weight – He lets us lean on Him and He walks us, step by step, through this life. He does not get tired of bearing us, He does not get sick of our constant rebellion and whining. He teaches us that He alone is our strength and He supports our full weight.

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” It is us, the children whose trust is in the Lord Jesus, whose hope is in Him alone. He is the one who first loved us, who gave Himself up for us and who’s love for us will never die.

1 Peter 4:8

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8).

God through Jesus has forgiven a multitude of our sins. We cannot even fathom the extent or number of our sins as our sinful nature conceals them from us. But Jesus has dealt with all of our sins once and for all at the cross. He’s even dealt with those we do not know about, and have not confessed and repented of. Through the cross Jesus has received the punishment for all of our sins and God has chosen not to remember our multitude of sins anymore.

This means that we can live in love for one another also not holding other people’s sins against them. Others will always be sinning against us (just as we are constantly sinning against them) but the Spirit leads us to forgive – even when an apology doesn’t come!

The love of God has come to us through Jesus and this love flows through us to others in the same form as it came to us. We can live in the joy of ‘not remembering’ other people’s sins and not holding sin against them. Free forgiveness flows from us and then we live in the freedom of the love of God.

1 Peter 4:8

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8).

God through Jesus has forgiven a multitude of our sins. We cannot even fathom the extent or number of our sins as our sinful nature conceals them from us. But Jesus has dealt with all of our sins once and for all at the cross. He’s even dealt with those we do not know about, and have not confessed and repented of. Through the cross Jesus has received the punishment for all of our sins and God has chosen not to remember our multitude of sins anymore.

This means that we can live in love for one another also not holding other people’s sins against them. Others will always be sinning against us (just as we are constantly sinning against them) but the Spirit leads us to forgive – even when an apology doesn’t come!

The love of God has come to us through Jesus and this love flows through us to others in the same form as it came to us. We can live in the joy of ‘not remembering’ other people’s sins and not holding sin against them. Free forgiveness flows from us and then we live in the freedom of the love of God.