Thursday, 28 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 28

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 28)

If a man offered for love
    all the wealth of his house,
    it would be utterly scorned. SS 8:7

We've spent the past 27 days reflecting on God's faithful, all forgiving and powerful love. How do we find this love? The verse tells us today that we can't buy it. It's an utterly free gift.

In the famous Beatles lyrics, 'money can't buy me love,' the singer declares that he has no money to offer in exchange for his sweetheart's love. He hopes she will love him for who he is and not for what he has: because he has nothing.

If we were to offer everything we have to God to earn His love, it would never be enough. The good news is that He gives it to us for nothing.

 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, 
5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 
6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 
7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast. 
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.