Read Song of Solomon 4:9
The New Revised Standard Version reads:
You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride,
you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
Merriam-Webster’s defines ravished as “to seize or take away by violence”; “to overcome with emotion.” Other versions of the Bible use the word stolen or captivated, instead of ravished.
These words have strong emotion and action connected with love. God’s love is ravishing and captivating, even to the point of violence.
We find the ultimate violence of God’s love for us in the crucifixion of Jesus. Spend some time in the following verses trying to imagine what it must have been like during Jesus’ final hours. Consider the sounds, the smells, the emotions revealed in these verses.
Read John 19:1-30
Write the word Ravished on your hand today. Each time you see it think of the violent sacrifice Jesus made so you might know God’s love. God was willing to go to great extremes to show us His love.