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Do not stir up or awaken love until it pleases. (Song of Solomon 2:7 NKJV)


The wedding was wonderful, the culmination of a two-year courtship. Hymns praised God, and honored real love. The pastor gave us a helpful biblical exhortation. Pauline and I wrote our own wedding vows and were honored to exchange them during our ceremony. As the ceremony neared completion the preacher said, “You may kiss the bride.” We gave each other a long kiss and smiled intensely. What made this so special was that it was our first kiss.

Early in our dating we immersed ourselves in God’s Word to structure our relationship. We realized the values of this world would not lead us in the path He desired for us. Aware of the dangerous progression from kissing to heavy petting to pre-marital sex, we kept our vows to make our first kiss at our wedding. Now it was the right time and the right moment to have our fist kiss. 

The words of Solomon were especially meaningful to us. Do not stir up or awaken love until it please. The wise king penned Song of Solomon to describe the pleasures of physical love. In this context he included the concept of not awakening sexual love too soon.


At our wedding it was our first kiss

‘Twas our gateway to marital bliss.

Sexual pleasures at God’s own pace

In married love we now embrace.


Loved with God’s everlasting love, we can love each other in our relationship with no guilt or regrets.