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Week 4: Day 3
Beauty in Relationships

Scripture to meditate on:

How beautiful you are, my darling!
    Oh, how beautiful!
    Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
    descending from the hills of Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
    coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
    not one of them is alone.
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
    your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
    are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David,
    built with courses of stone;
on it hang a thousand shields,
    all of them shields of warriors.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
    like twin fawns of a gazelle
    that browse among the lilies.
Until the day breaks
    and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh
    and to the hill of incense.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
    there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4:1-7

The writer of Song of Solomon suggests that human relationships can reflect God’s beauty when they are marked by love and affirmation. Consider the beauty found in healthy, affirming relationships.

Questions to ponder:

  • Reflect on a relationship in your life that embodies beauty through love and affirmation. How does it point to God’s character?
  • In what ways can you enhance your relationships to reflect God’s beauty more fully?
  • How can you practice love and affirmation in your interactions with others?
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