Song of Solomon 8 v 6-7 says it this way:- “For love is as strong as death . . . Its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it.”
If forward is how we wish to move, then love is the most powerful thing to propel us in that direction. As a motivator, love really has no healthy equal. It’s “as strong as death.” It burns with a flame that “many waters cannot quench.”
Wouldn’t we reach forward more fervently in life if our love for God were more affectionate? If the word ‘passion’ accurately described our love for God, could anything hold us back? For too long, most of us have loved God too little and with too little fire.
The love that we so desperately need in our relationship to God is a thing that we can choose to have. We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, and that is a command we are capable of obeying. We can choose to think rightly about God, and then we can feed our minds on the truths that He has revealed about Himself in the Scriptures. When we do that with the genuine intent to be what He created us to be, we will find ourselves loving Him, adoring Him, and longing to be with Him now and forever.
It is no mere chance that God planned the communion table for His people. Of all the things that can feed our love, none is more powerful than meditating, with other Christians, on the staggering, unfathomable love shown at the cross of Christ.
The world, the flesh, and the devil must be fought. But the simple fact is, we fight a losing battle if love is left out of the mix. If we don’t have the help of our hearts in serving God, it’s not likely that we’ll hold out to the end. So it is imperative that all your activities be motivated by love, first for God and second for your neighbour. If that’s the case then discouragement will not defeat you. Other motives may falter, but “many waters cannot quench love.”
For love can hope where reason would tend to despair. So love, and love and love again. And let your love be rooted and responding to Gods never failing love.
For His love never fails.