Song 1-4; Ephesians 6
“Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires…you are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.”
Song of Solomon 3:5, 4:12
Waiting for God’s timing and direction in a romantic relationship is the difference between enjoying a beautiful garden and trampling through a newly planted garden and destroying the many not yet visible plants/seeds. Self-control is the capacity to wait, to defer pleasure because of a higher value. God’s best for our lives is the higher value. We live in surrender and submission to God’s will and way. Our first love for God precedes any love we have on earth and shapes those relationships and the timing with which we pursue them.
“Lord Jesus, you are my first love. Thank you for pursuing me. Thank you for waiting for my readiness to respond to you. Give me that same self-control in my relationships.”