“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (Songs of Solomon 2:4).
A banner was a material used by ancient armies and waved above them as they marched in bright colours. Today, banners are used to display important information. Our God waved His resplendent banner of love and assurance over us when He placed our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. That was the eternal symbol of His total and absolute victory over the devil and of His Lordship over us. Furthermore, this precise victory is inscribed in the heart of every believer!
The Bible says “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7). So you see, we’re recognized by our identification with the blood of Jesus Christ. The banner of our God over us is love.
God’s love for you is not based on emotions or self-gratification, but sacrifice and commitment. In other words, God is committed to ensuring you live the good-life; He doesn’t want you to lack any good thing. He guides and protects you by His great love. His expression of love towards you isn’t only when you’re doing well and pleasing Him; He still loves you even when you’ve messed things up and made mistakes. His love is an eternal banner that doesn’t see your faults or condemn you, but permits you to live by His grace.
Dear Father, I rejoice not only because you love me, but because you show-off to the world always that you’ve loved me with an everlasting love! Thank you for your banner of love over me, your love for me is great and inexhaustible, and I’m growing daily in the revelation of your love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 John 4:19
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer’s LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )