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Christ’s Love Compels Us

2 Corinthians 5:14

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

RevRayLove is a word that is often used and misused.  A number of men have a hard time telling their wife – children and others in their lives that they love them.  A number of boys and girls will say they love someone – and at times they don’t even know what the word really means.  At times it will be used to get something – which is never real love.

Love is defined – on dictionary.com– as 1) a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person and 2) a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend (these are the first two definitions).

Love – true love – will compel us to do a number of things.  If we love our country – we might even be willing to give our life to defend her.  If we love our spouse – we should be willing to give our all for them too.  If we love our Lord – we should be willing to love God with all our body – mind – and soul.

Paul writes for Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  Let’s read it in partial context – 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 – 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Such an awesome portion of God’s word.  One could preach on this passage for a month or more and still not cover everything in it.  Christ’s love compels us to share the Gospel with others so that they will be encouraged to avail themselves of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  Passages like this should encourage every church – every Christian – to become evangelistic and reach out to the lost that they may see Jesus!  Folks – read it again please and seek His face while desiring His grace and feel compelled to tell someone!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 30, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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