Compelled

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all…” [2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV]

Photo by Spiz

Photo by Spiz

It’s a funny thing about love. When we are loved, it brings a sense of security, confidence and stability — giving us the freedom to look outside of ourselves. When it is absent from our lives, we are more easily plagued by fear and mistrust — our hurts make it hard to reach out to anyone.

And I’m just talking about the love of our families, spouses and friends.

The love of God takes it to a whole other level. His love goes so deep that He was willing to die to have us with Him in heaven. That kind of self-sacrificial love does more than give us a feeling of safety — it compels us to pass it on to others. This kind of love can’t possibly be kept to ourselves.

Over the centuries this love has driven people to travel through hardships, face beatings and even death, in order that more may know about the love of God for mankind. It’s the reason preachers preach and pastors shepherd their flock. It’s the reason us writers write and singers sing. It’s why people work to feed the hungry and clothe the homeless. We can’t keep it to ourselves.

It’s just like Jeremiah says — if we try to keep quiet, keep His love to ourselves, it burns like fire in our bones (see Jeremiah 20:9).

What is it you feel compelled to do for the gospel of Jesus today?

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Published in: on 15th April, 2013 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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