9/1 Song of Songs 4:7

7 You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

As we read this poem as a love poem from Christ Jesus to us His bride, many of the lines are hard to receive. How could He see such beauty in us? How could He have such desire for us? We look at our sinfulness and see ourselves as darkened just as the girl in the poem (Song of Songs 1:6). But at the same time she recognized that she was lovely. How can that be?

When we come to Christ, though our sins are as scarlet, He makes them white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). He covers our ugliness with His beauty. He exchanges our sins for His righteousness. He takes this girl that is rejected and scorned and sees what He can do in her. He sees the bride, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God (Revelation 21:2).

The enemy of our soul wants us to dwell on what we were before our salvation. Every time the old nature rises in us and pretends to be alive and well, the accuser of the brothers and sisters is right there to tell us we are worthless and should give up following Christ. Maybe you've heard the accuser lately, either in your mind or from a person. He wants to see you discouraged and feeling defeated. But listen to Jesus. He sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He says you are altogether beautiful, flawless!

Believe: God has promised to finish the work He has begun in you (Philippians 1:6) Every time you consider this wonderful truth, give thanks to God.