Chapter 2, Page 13 –

Have you ever been in love?  

Yes, me too.

When my wife and I were married, we wrote our own wedding vows from the depths of our love. All of those emotionally charged words that you read in Song of Solomon, we said to each other. A lot of those sentiments made it into the wedding vows.

You know as well as I do that being in love is an intense feeling. It’s an intense time, an intimate time. And the one you love is called – beloved. It signifies that this person is loved by someone. They are beloved.

But “beloved” doesn’t have to describe just a male/female relationship. We also call our children beloved. Beloved can refer to other relatives as well, but that usually isn’t the case – not generally with relatives.

Beloved can be a very special friend.  

I have two male friends in North Carolina: Douglas and Arthur. They are closer to me than most of my siblings. They are my brothers in the sense that they know all about me. I can tell them anything – and have on occasion. I have their utmost confidence and trust and they have mine. They hold me accountable and they love me. And I love them, and I tell them so.

In 1 Samuel 18:1 we read: “Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.”   This is the kind of relationship I have with Art and Doug. I love them as I love myself.

Have you ever been loved with that kind of love? Consider carefully before you answer. It might be a trick question.