The Christian life is a relationship with the Lord, a total commitment of unconditional love. It is analogous to marriage but much greater. Our relationship with the Lord is the deepest personal relationship possible for a human being.

Key word    LOVE
Key verse    "For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love, he would be roundly mocked." —8:6-7
Command verse    "Do not arouse, do not stir up love before its own time." —2:7; 3:5; 8:4
Promise verse    "Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come! For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land." —2:10-11
Difficult verse    "If she is a wall, we will build upon it a silver parapet; if she is a door, we will reinforce it with a cedar plank." —8:9
Surprise verse    "Your hair is like a flock of goats streaming down from Gilead." —6:5
Prayer: Father, may I "grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love, and experience this love" (Eph 3:18-19).