Song of Solomon 7:11-13
Come, my beloved,
let us go out into the fields
and lodge in the villages;[a]
12 let us go out early to the vineyards
and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
I. DATE OR DIVORCE
A. Date to avoid divorce, or worse.
B. God created men with the mission to protect, keep, and cultivate everything God gives him.
C. The mission does not end with marriage. It is only getting started.
D. When men move onto new missions, divorce or worse begins to be in play.
II. DATING AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT YOU TREASURE
A. You spend on what you love. If you love your wife, you will spend money to date her. (Matthew 6:21)
B. Romance requires effort but does have to be expensive.
III. GOING BEYOND DATING TO KEEP THE FIRE GOING
A. Schedule times to get away so that the romance doesn’t go away.
B. If you get lazy, you will probably wind up lonely.
1. Pursue your wife, the way Jesus has pursued you. (John 3:16, Ephesians 5:25-27)
2. Become completely dependent upon the power of Jesus as you pursue your wife.