How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are! -Song of Solomon 4:1
As Christians, we are frequently dejected due to our remaining sin and the temptations that beset and grieve us. We often cry out as the bride in Song of Solomon 3: “I sought him (Christ) but did not find him.” Our sin seems so near and Christ so far. But Christ is a patient, gentle, and loving husband to his bride. Though others look upon her as being nothing (and the world often does this to Christians), Christ looks upon her as being lovely. The world, the flesh, and the devil cry out that you are a vile, worthless worm. But Christ cries out and says “if you are mine then you are a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Christian, your value and beauty comes from Christ. He has made you a new creation and is sanctifying you day by day. In the world’s eyes you may be of no repute, but in Christ’s eyes, you are beautiful, and one day you will be presented to him holy, blameless, and without spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:25-33). So take your eyes off yourself and fix them upon Christ, the one who is altogether lovely and who has loved you with an everlasting love, and you will find rest and comfort for your weary soul.