Love Is a Restraining Force

The power of love is often underestimated. The Bible tells us that love is as strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6b). Love is one of the strongest forces that there is. God's love has restrained His righteous judgment on a sinful world. God has loved the world enough to wait until He provided a means of salvation for all humanity through the blood of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Sin will increase in the end times because of lack of love, Jesus said: "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:11). Sin kills love and love kills sin. Jesus stated that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. Those who love others will not intentionally hurt others. If we love God, we will want to do God's will and live in a way that brings honor to God. If we love our neighbor, we will not steal from them or lie about them because we know it will hurt them. 

Paul stated that the love of Christ constrained him (II Corinthians 5:14). Paul was saying the love of God in his life was a restraining and guiding force. Paul was now doing things in his life that he never would have done before, but the love of Christ in his life was compelling him into action. God's love was compelling Paul to sacrifice and endure many hardships just like a loving mother or father will endure hardships for their children.

Peter stated, "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins (I Peter 4:8). This does not mean that sin in swept under the carpet or ignored. The Bible is telling us that when sin is committed and people are truly repentant, love will heal the wounds caused by sin and will also prevent sin from spreading further.

Satan's plan in the end times will be to try to increase sin to the level that love grows cold. The church can combat this by keeping ourselves in the love of God and building up our faith by praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20-21). The love of God in the saints in the world will produce a restraining force against evil and sin. The church needs to recognize that faith and hope are important, but love is greater than both faith and hope.