Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Top 5 Romance Lines from the Bible

Have you ever heard the Bible referred to as the best love story of all time?  Well, that's exactly what it is, so today I decided to pick out my 5 favorite romance quotes from the best-selling romance book of all times. :)

     5. "Jonathon said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."  1 Samuel 20:4
         What a picture of true love!  The book of Matthew explains to us that the greatest example of love is found when one person lays down their life for another.  Jonathon volunteered to do just that for David when he said this line.  

         The story of Jonathon and David is one of the most powerful friendship-love stories ever told.  The book of 1 Samuel can show you what true friendship-love is supposed to look like.  Of course, the model for this love is Jesus Christ himself.  (1 John 4:8)

     4.  "I will redeem it,'" he said." Ruth 4:4
         I realize that at first glance this quote means absolutely nothing to you, but further exploration of it will change your mind.  Because romance is primarily based off of the theatre, let us look at this quote as if it were a movie.

        In this scene the man in charge of Ruth goes to Boaz and informs him of the present situation.  "This is your wife if you want her," he says.  Ruth was a widow and she had no family to turn to, and Boaz just happened to be the next in line to marry her.  Most men would carefully consider such a huge decision, but Boaz, a man of God, turned boldly to the man with a wildly-fierce look in his eyes and says, "I will redeem it."  And with that statement he claimed Ruth as the wife of his youth.  He used those words to proclaim is never-ending love and support for her.  He provide and protect her from that day forward.  I guess, in a way, you could say this line compares to today's "I do" at a wedding ceremony.  What a beautiful love story.

     3. "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her."  Hosea 2:14
         This is God's immediate response to the rebellious people of Israel.  The verse directly before this says, "She decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot." Can you imagine the ache in God's heart?  The people he has called to and comforted since the beginning of time are yet again leaving him for a lifestyle of self-gratifying sin and rebellion.  

        We slap our God in the face thousands of times throughout our life, but still, his first and immediate response is love.  "I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her."  That's most nearly not what you hear after a long adulterous night with the wrong crowd.  That's not what you hear when your parents catch you with drugs, but that is exactly how God responds to us.

     2.  "Scarcely had a passed then when I found the one my heart loves.  I held him and would  not let him go..." Song of Songs 3:4
          If this line doesn't grab your romantic heart, I don't know what will.  A young girl holding as tightly as she can to the one she loves.  She'd give anything for him, because her heart beats for him.  This is exactly the way God intended love to be--self-sacrificing.  If you are a day-dreaming romantic, I highly recommend to you the book of Song of Songs in the Bible.  It's a beautifully written book that tells the story of two young lovers and their wedding pleasures.

     1.  "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8
            Hearing this verse sometimes brings me to tears.  It's so sweet and so simple, yet it's enough to rock your world into humble submission to the one who gave you life.  He's such a kind and loving God towards such an awful, rebellious people.  Why in the world would he choose us?

           A friend of mine put it this way: While you were out deliberately doing what was wrong, disobeying your parents, your God, and your government--he was being brutally beaten, murdered, and crucified onto a cross, so that you could live a life free of condemnation for your sin.  He loved you in spite of what you did. He loves you while you are a sinner.  While you are cheating on your husband, his heart still beats for you.  No, he doesn't agree with what you're doing, but he still loves you so much because you are his child.  You are his daughter, you are the creation he longs to be with.  And yet he expects nothing but love in return...Do we even give him that?

Perhaps God has spoken a beautiful love line to you, what was it and how did it make you feel?  Is there anything in this world that compares to the surpassing greatness of our God?