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What does “your love is better than wine” mean?

wine-glassThe Song of Songs begins with “let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” Most of us can remember the longing we had to be kissed by the one with whom we were falling in love — Oh! That we would desire intimacy with the Lord like that. And truly, we should — for nothing compares to His touch. Now the Song turns from an analogy of physical intimacy to an analogy of wine! Why do you think the love of Jesus is said to be better than wine? Think about the accusation made against the disciples at Pentecost.  What do you think wine represents in Scripture? What effects does it have? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by His love? If so, share your stories.  I know The Song of Songs is challenging. I’m praying for some brave women to take a risk and explore and share their hearts.

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  1. Dee, I’m not very brave, and I am surely unlearned in the Song of Solomon, but this is what I believe. I believe that wine represents the Holy Spirit. I think that is what Peter taught when they were accused of being drunk with new wine. But I don’t know exactly how to relate that to ” your love is better than wine.” What I do know, though, is that the Lord brought Psalm 63:3 to mind in connection with that verse. KJV says, “Because thy lovinkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” Better than wine – lovingkindness better than life – who wouldn’t desire to be loved like that? And we are! When my marriage ended in divorce, I was devasted, and I felt every ugly and negative adjective. That is I felt ugly, stupid, fat, undesirable, unlovable. But God! Praise Him. He is faithful to love me with an everlasting and unfailing love that is beyond my wildest dream. He showed me and made me believe that I am accepted in the Beloved. That verse has become my life verse. I am overwhelmed with His love. He is the Lover of my soul, and I desire to be passionately in love with Him.

  2. I’m going to show my lack of understanding by saying it reminds me of the verse “Taste & see that the Lord is good” It is only the Lord our God who can meet the depth of our hunger, our thirst, the longings of our heart on a daily basis. I have to admit I can tend to argue with Lord the about him really knowing what I’m like to love me in such a way but then this is why He has given us the Imagery in the Songs of Solomon, using the taste of wine, fragrant oils etc as tangible things to remind us of His love?.As for the wine, it was apart of every day life in Solomon’s time, so is the Holy spirit to be apart of & is apart of our everyday life revealing the depth of this intimate love the Lord wishes to have with us….Does the Holy Spirit draw that reponse from us as He reveals to us the many aspects of the Lord’s love to us ? The Songs of Solomon reveals such an intimate love which again I think I keep at a distance because I’m not sure what to do with it or how to allow the Lord to love me in such a way. I think I just need to surrender to His love but I’m getting caught up in the mechanics…

  3. I’m not a scholar when it comes to Song of Soloman either, but here are my thoughts when I read “Your love is better than wine.” Wine is a stimulant. It has the effect of making you feel cheerful, peaceful, confident, brave, etc. It gives a false sense of security. All of these feelings are temporary and the alcohol serves to mask the real us. When the alcohol is gone, we are left with our feelings of loneliness, insecurity, inferiority, unhappiness, and the list goes on. On the other hand, when I grasp hold of the fact that God loves ME, really loves me as a person–little old me, with all my imperfections, failures, and hang-ups; when I understand that He planned and brought me into this world to have a personal, intimate relationship with me and fulfill His purposes through me–there is no feeling that can compare with that!! And it’s not some “high” that goes away and leaves me feeling empty! His love really IS better than wine!

    1. It’s years later but this comment is so edifying to me and rings with absolute truth. A great encouragement for those who have or still are struggling with addiction.

      Bless you ❤️

  4. Hi Dee! Hi all! I was just thinking about this discussion and I would agree with all the ladies here, but one more thought I had as you asked us to think about what the accusation was of the disciples at Pentecost – the people thought they were drunk! But they were not drunk – they were overcome (filled to overflowing) with the Spirit!!! It makes me think of that verse – “Be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.” Two other verses I think of. One is found in Galations 2:20, it says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” The other verses are found in Romans. Romans 6:12,13, ” Therefore do not let sin reigh in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” When I think of being filled with the Spirit, I think of a cup. If there are other things in my cup, I cannot be filled all the way up, because there are other things in my cup preventing me from being filled all the way up!

    1. Powerful!

  5. Thank you Dee for your wise & encouraging reply.It is greatly appericated. “Beholding is becoming” is an amazing thought, I can grasp that & will endeavour to do that. The thought comes.. “how can I not”. To please the Lord would be a wonderful thing too.Thanks again. It would be great to explore more of the Songs of Solomon if possible Dee.
    Thanks to the other women too for giving such insightful replies…such nourishment.
    rich blessings
    Elizabeth

  6. Hi, Dee! Love, love, just LOVE your ministry and the fact that you are so interpersonal with us! I thank God for you! As many of the other listeners, I certainly don’t profess to be an expert in the Songs either. But I agree with Fellowsojourner as well as Susan in their descriptions of being, basically (my words),”intoxicated with the fullness of Christ by His Spirit.” I hope you nor the listeners mind while I share a very personal and real, yet intimate experience I’ve had with the Lord in experiencing His “love that is better than wine.” I became close to the Lord, first of all, by surrendering my life to Him and reading and obeying His Word. Then as I began to mature in my love for Him, finding out that He really does draw nigh to us when we draw nigh to Him, I began setting aside 2 Friday nights (I know, not enough) a month to have “date night” with the Lord. I’d go out to McNamara or Enflora and buy fresh rose petals by the bags. I’d shut out contact from outside sources, perfume up, wash my face and anoint my head with anointing oil. One night as I did this, I came before the Lord in prayer and let Him know, “I’m not here to ask for anything..just please allow me to be in Your presence.” Then I began to play a worship song and began to meditate on being in heaven with Him, walking down those streets paved with gold holding His hand. I even saw myself as the Mary who wiped His feet with her tears and her hair. As “our” night began to wind down, I thanked the Lord for spending time with me and I looked out my window and blew a kiss towards heaven. As I began to lie down in bed and settle in for the night, I felt this forceful pressure beside me like someone getting out of my bed. (Now ladies, I’m a single woman and no one was in the bed but me..just for the record, lol). When I felt the pressure, it scared the daylights out of me! I snatched those sheets back and whispered a scared, “Jesus?” Just then the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart as gentle as you please, “Fear not. Be of good cheer. It is I.” True story. Nothing fabricated at all. The Lord will draw as near to us as we desire to draw nigh to Him. I don’t share this experience often, because I know in the Christian “field” there are a lot of skeptics, but let me assure you we serve a real God who is also a very personal God.

        1. You certainly may use it, Dee. Thanks!

    1. `Hi Jan Elizabeth,
      While reading your account between you & your Lord & the thoughtful & beautiful way you prepared yourself for Him & surrendered yourself to enjoy His company….I keep thinking wow, wow, wow how amazing it would never of entered my head to do that. What an amazing way in which the Lord to came to you like that. Thank you for sharing such an intimate thing..it will stay with me.
      rich blessings
      Elizabeth

      1. God bless you, Elizabeth! Please keep me in your prayers

    1. We are more than blessed to have such a kind God!

  7. I feel “overwhelmed” by his love when I consider the depth that He would go to to rescue us, to rescue me. There is no darkness in which He is not there. There is no place deep enough or dark enough where we could hide from His presence. He is our Hero, our deliverer! I think about myself and the places that I would fear to go to rescue someone, but He does not fear, and it does not stop Him! He is our beloved! And with that we can say, I am his, and He is mine!

  8. Hmmmm, I’ve always thought it to be a book for quotes during weddings but the latest development in my understanding has it has an expression of the passionate relationship Christ offered His blood to propose to man. No wonder this love is as strong as death. How like David I desire just one thing according to Psalm 27, to dwell in the presence of my Lord all the days of my life to behold His beauty and inquire of Him. God bless u dear sisters.

  9. I believe the wine in songs of Solomon relates to intoxication of alcohol in contrast to intoxication with Gods love through the constant Infilling of the Holy Spirit. Alcohol can be intoxicating but at the same time harmful if taken in excess. God is imploring us to be intoxicated with his love instead of alcohol which has no negative side affects. Being an alcoholic previous to being born again this scripture speaks to me massively!