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The Worth of a Wife

September 28

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters."  Song of Solomon 2:2

"... she is priceless, and you are the richest man in all of Heaven and Earth."

 

What a contrast the lily and the thorn is!  One is soft and supple; the other hard and prickly.  Oh, they dwell together, and are even of the same root system; but the look and feel are noticeably different.  The ratio of lily to thorn also adds to the value of this flower; and of particular note are the articles employed here by the SPIRIT OF GOD.  The petal mentioned, is not just a lily, it is "the lily" ... unique to the beholder at that given moment.  Thorns on the other hand, are common and countless, as Solomon ponders their backdrop role regarding the focus of his love.     

As the lily and thorn, so too is the comparison of love and lust.  It is said that 'love is blind'; but someone tampered with the nouns.  Heavenly, GOD induced love, is cognitive before it is cardiac.  It is sacrificial by nature, dying up front for the object of its affection, in an unmistakable demonstration of its veracity.  "For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave his only begotten SON ..."  The Bible never cautions against genuine love; but manifold are the caveats regarding its distant cousin of lust: "... the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes ... is not of the FATHER, but is of the world."  A closer look will reveal that it is lust which blinds; and if indulged, sooner, rather than later, also binds. 

"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD."  Many may be the romances of mindless and youthful lust; but the lily of true love is definite and singular in both tense and touch.  "... a prudent wife is from the LORD."  The wife of GOD'S choosing is not only a standout in the crowd, but a knockout to the recipient HE yokes her with.  When honest, the relief between love and lust is distinguishable not just in appearance; but most importantly, in the texture of the temperament.  "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."  How many are the homes on a war footing, because of the fool who was led of his loins, and not the LORD?  If GOD though, has introduced you to the lily of your love ... she is priceless, and you are the richest man in all of Heaven and Earth. 

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."


For Love of Country
 Thomas Jonathan Jackson  (1824-1863)
(Confederate General under Robert E. Lee)
"I trust you and all I have in the hands of an ever kind Providence, knowing that all things work together for the good of HIS people.  So live that your sufferings may be sanctified to you; remember that our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

(letter to his wife from the front upon hearing of her illness)

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