"There is no spot in thee."
-- Song of Solomon 4:7
Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord
confirms his praise by a precious negative, "There is no spot in thee."
As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world
would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had
purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he
sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly
devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least
thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the
believer is delivered in his Lord's sight. If he had said there is no
hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even
then have marvelled; but when he testifies that she is free from the
slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and
the depth of wonder is increased. If he had but promised to remove all
spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when he
speaks of it as already done, who can restrain the most intense
emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and
fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.
Christ Jesus has no quarrel with his spouse. She often wanders from
him, and grieves his Holy Spirit, but he does not allow her faults to
affect his love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest
manner, with the kindest intentions: it is "my love" even then. There
is no remembrance of our follies, he does not cherish ill thoughts of
us, but he pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It
is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we
are, how could he commune with us? Many a time a believer will put
himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence,
but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any
offence at our ill manners.
-C. H. Spurgeon