Song of Solomon 8:6 says, “Love is as strong as Death.”
Scripture has a lot to say about love and death. It speaks about those who live their whole life around the fear of death and that they are held in bondage by the devil through it. (Heb.2:15-16); instead of trusting God they compromise what is right, because they either fear for their life due to people pressuring them or they do what ever it takes to escape from the possibility of death’s pain touching them.
Whether they steal for food so they won’t starve to death. Or they fear man so much that they’ll do what ever it takes to please them so they won’t be killed or harmed. The fear of death is a great motivator.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)”
Jesus’ response to being fear motivated in Matt. 10 is; if you’re going to be motivated by fear, then fear God because of the eternal consequences of compromise. Don’t make the fear of man (or death) your god!
Likewise, the love for someone or something can also be a great motivator, to do good or evil. At times, love may even be stronger than the fear of death. This can be good or bad depending on what your affection is towards.
If our love is for God, then the fear of man or death may not have much effect in the way we follow after God. But, if our love is towards money, wealth or if our love is towards other people (fornication, adultery or homosexuality), then this may have a strong effect in the way we follow or not follow after the things of God.
Love can then be the friend or the enemy of our soul, (where the fear of death or of God), has little or no affect on us. This is why even the fear of going to hell, has little influence on some sinners; because the love for their sin is stronger than the fear of death! (Love can also blind or influence us, where we don’t realize the final consequences of it; after all, how can this be sin (or wrong), when it feels so right?)
Sometimes love’s intoxication can be the greatest feeling we can experience and then again it can be the most destructive force in our lives; much like a spider web, once trapped or ensnared by it we may find that the very thing that we love is actually the very thing that is killing us or pulling us away from God. (That is if we set our affections on the wrong things in this life.)
I heard someone say, “Some people will love what they believe (God), while others will believe, but follow what they love (sin)!”
Many will say they believe in God, but they will go after something else that they love; because their love isn’t set on God they will seek something else to love!
As believers we need to set our love on God above all else; then we won’t follow after something else!
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:15-16)”
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)”
Love can bind you to God for all of eternity or it can bind you to something else, where you become an enemy of God! (Don’t allow your love for something in this life to become your god!)