For love is as strong as death. – Song of Solomon 8:6 NKJV
When you read of love in the Bible where do you typically go? The classic love (charity) chapter is quite often read at weddings, 1 Corinthians 13, which describes love as being patient and kind etc. The power of love as described here is in its endurance: “Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”. And the chapter closes concluding that love is the most powerful attribute a Christian can have – “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”.
In the Song of Solomon, a.k.a. Song of Songs, king Solomon states that true love is as strong as death. Quite odd to equate love with death, but here is the point. Consider the power and finality of death, what mortal man can overcome it? Outside of God, there is no one on this earth that can stop or reverse death. Therefore, if we carry perfect and true love, there is no one on this earth who can overcome us. Just the opposite is true: by our love we can overcome any obstacle life can bring our way. The troubled marriage, the broken family, the dysfunctional church, the Godless life, the persecuted saint, the fearful life, or whatever. If we can focus on the object of our love – God, spouse, family, church, country, etc. – and understand that love is as strong as death, meaning there is no one that can break it, then we will have true power, the power that comes from God. Perfect love casts out all fear.
If you are going through trying times, know this, that the love of God can overcome every hardship and disappointment. For all who are born of God have this power at their disposal.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” – 1 John 5: 4-5
If faith is our victory, and love is greater than faith, imagine what love can bring our way.