Song of Songs, 8:5–7 (The Passion Translation)
5 Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her
beloved. When I awakened you under the apple tree, as you were feasting upon me, I
awakened your innermost being with the travail of birth as you longed for more of
THE SHULAMITE TO HER BELOVED
6 Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. My passion is stronger
than the chains of death and the grave, all consuming as the very flashes of fire
from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire
being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame.
7 Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you.
Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this
furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.
All my life I have searched for love. I’ve never found it for myself, nor have I seen it for someone else. Only once have I witnessed a pastor who loved his wife with intensity. But there is One Man who speaks words like are printed above, who talks of the fire of passion. That man is Jesus. He showers me with words of love like flaming arrows. Sometimes I have to ask Him to stop as it is more than I can handle. I, too, avoid using words as expressions of love. I prefer to use gestures, or expressions, or hugs, or kisses, but it’s words that penetrate my heart.
Do you remember the little sing-song we used to say as kids? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” We had it completely backwards. It’s the words that break us. It’s the words we remember for all times. When those words are deep expressions of love, we remember them forever, and they build us up. They burn off the trash and clean up the heart. We can go on, when we hear such words, and march on the highway of holiness, and step into victory. We need Jesus and His seal of fire!