Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Wine of Love in the Cup of Trust

In Holy Scripture, wine often symbolizes love. Solomon’s romantic love for the Shunamite supersedes even the finest wine. Our most sacred expression of Messiah’s love for His bride, Holy Communion, commemorates His love with a cup of wine.

Marital love is like fine wine in a delicate cup. That cup is trust. That cup is also fragile, easily broken by the careless hand.

In Greek mythology, Psyche and Cupid drank the wine of love from the cup of trust, but Psyche violated that trust, broke the delicate goblet, and Cupid flew from her. His last words to her were, “Love cannot exist where there is no trust.” The crystal cup was broken, the wine spilled, and Psyche spent the rest of her mournful days wandering in sorrow for those precious things she had broken and wasted, the wine of love in the cup of trust.

Like a crystal glass, trust is not only delicate but also transparent. As a fragile thing, the cup of trust must be handled with great care. As a thing transparent, the cup of trust is swiftly shattered by secrecy, lies, betrayal, and half-truths, ruining the wine of love.

Paul commands husbands to “love your wives, even as Christ loved the church,” meaning that, like Christ Himself, a husband’s love for his wife must be like Christ’s own love, completely dependable, totally trustworthy. Solomon also says of the virtuous woman that “the heart of husband doth safely trust in her.”

We live in a world of shattered glass and spoiled wine. We walk on splintery shards and trod beneath our feet the once fine wine of love, spilled and spoiled by our own careless hands.

Take heed, dear husband and dear wife, the wine of love resides in the cup of trust.