Summary: Kissing is a powerful reality in both romance and religion. The greatest kiss of all is God's kiss of peace, which He gives to all who receive His Son as Savior.
The story is told, and it could very well be true, of a Danish
couple who decided to break off their engagement. "It is best
I suppose that we give back each others letters," he said. She
agreed, and replied, "We should at the same time return
each others kisses." By the time they had finished their
exchange, they agreed to renew their engagement. There is
something about a kiss that does more than merely bring
about a union of the lips. It has the power to also bring
about the union of lives. Kissing is a matter of the spirit as
well as of the body, and that is why kissing is never to be
taken lightly. Treating the kiss as a minor matter has led
many into relationships where they very carelessly tamper
with the deep inner being of others.
The Italians say, "A kiss is like a grain of dust which anyone
who would be rid of it can wash away." The Germans
looking deeper respond, "A kiss may indeed be washed
away, but the fire in the heart cannot be quenched." Kissing
is so directly linked with love that to engage in it without
love is certain to open the door to lust. A kiss awakened
Sleeping Beauty, and it can awaken sleeping lust in anyone.
There are many different kinds of kisses, and we will be
looking at the most significant of them. The true romantic
kiss is to be reserved for that one you desire to one with you
on all levels.
What is a kiss? Why it is this,
It is the cement, it is the glue
Of love that makes me one with you.
There are all kinds of definitions of a kiss. Scientifically it is
the ovicular juxtaposition of the oral protrusion of the outer
cavity. From the negative view, it is the mutual interchange
of salivary bacteria. More romantic is the view that a kiss is
a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear. More
passionate is the definition of Paul Verlaine who defines the
kiss, "As the fiery accompaniment on the key board of the
teeth of the lovely songs which love sings in a burning
heart." However you look at it, one thing is sure, kissing is a
pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one.
The Song of Songs begins with the problem of a deep desire
for kissing, but only one head. The Shulamite girl longs for
the kisses of her lover, but she is separated from him. The
Song does not begin calmly and build to a climax, but it
begins with a burst of passionate frustrated love. "O that
you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!" When
people have been separated for a long time, and then
reunited, the first thing they do is kiss. Lovers often take the
kiss for granted until they are separated, and then they
realize how much they long to embrace and kiss the object of
their love. The Shulamite can think of nothing better than
the kisses of her lover. She dearly misses her lovers kisses.
With kisses of his mouth, said she,
Let him, now reconciled, kiss me.
Thy love, said she, when it is mine,
Is better than the choicest wine.
Anyone who has ever been separated from a loved one can
enter into the intense craving of this young girl, but the
question is, what is the spiritual significance of her longing?
There is a direct parallel to this romantic longing in the
realm of the spirit. Many times the believer's soul feels
separated from God, and longs for the good old days of close
and loving communion. We sing, everyday with Jesus is
sweeter than the day before, but in reality we know this is
not so. Many days we can look back and long to return to a
former day when our loves seemed sweeter and stronger, and
when we sense the presence of Christ more intimately in our
From a spiritual perspective this Song begins with an intense
need for the lover of our souls to draw near, and give
satisfaction to the longings of our heart. It is a lovers cry
which reveals a desperate need to be loved. It is appropriate
that this opening cry for love should come from the girl.
Studies indicated that women feel the need to be loved more
than men. Spiritually it is fitting as well, for the church, the
Bride of Christ, feels the need for love more than does
Christ. He is self-sufficient, and does not feel the loneliness
or the hunger for love that we do as believers.
Believer's, like this lonely shepherd girl, cannot be happy and
satisfied until they experience the kiss of the Shepherd.