Relationships: No Strings Attached
3 – Mating
“Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a skilled craftsman. Your navel is perfectly formed like a goblet filled with mixed wine. Between your thighs lies a mound of wheat bordered with lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, twin fawns of a gazelle.” – Song of Solomon 7:1-3
- The World’s Way: Do WHAT you want, WHEN you want and with WHOMEVER you want
- God’s Plan: Have a great time for a lifetime… 1 man + 1 woman, within 1 marriage.
”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
- Progression only moves one way… forward.
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6 – Consequential Love
Key scripture: 1 Kings 11:1-10
It doesn’t matter so much your intentions when you start but the reality of your life when you end.
That the decisions you are making today do determine your tomorrows.
“For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.” – 1 Kings 11:5-7
“And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods.… Read the rest
5 – Committed Love
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 7
We are all in relationships, but there is no one on earth who can meet all your needs or give you the intimacy we desire.
1. If you think something good, say it.
“How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.” – Song of Solomon 7:1-3
“Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.” – Song of Solomon 7:5
“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.… Read the rest
3 – Sacred Sex
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 4
1. Sacred sex starts long before the bedroom.
“Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young.” – Song of Solomon 4:1-2
Before there is any physical intimacy, there is emotional intimacy being built.
“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely.… Read the rest
2 – Relational Pursuit
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-17
1. Relational preparation must come before relational pursuit.
“… For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
2. Relational practice understands Godly pursuit.
“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.… Read the rest
1 – Magnetic Attraction
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:1-7
“The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
your anointing oils are fragrant;
your name is oil poured out;
therefore virgins love you.
Draw me after you; let us run.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
I am very dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
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