Gaining Confidence
November 8, 2014
John 12:46 – A Light In A Dark World
November 10, 2014
Gaining Confidence
November 8, 2014
John 12:46 – A Light In A Dark World
November 10, 2014

2 Corinthians 5:14 – Compelled By His Love

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2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (NKJV)

The whole course of Christianity hinges on the first phrase of this passage. The King James Version uses the word constaineth. Other versions use words like constrains, controls, moves, guides, overmasters, and urged. I don’t like the words control or overmasters, or even guides us. The love of Christ is not a commandment or some control God has over us. But this idea is so important both to our actions and to our understanding of the covenant of grace living.

Before we can see how it works, there is one vitally important thing to know. We have to know the “love of Christ.” Unless we know without a shadow of doubt, that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine, we cannot know how it compels us to do something.

And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love;” (1 John 4:16).

We love him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,” (Ephesians 2:4).

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to get us out the horrible predicament we were in. We were dead and condemned. We were without hope and helpless. But love stepped in and provided a way from death to life.

When we can see that God loves us, and wants the very best for us, only then are we moved by that great love. We don’t act because of rules, commandments, duty, or regulations. We act because He loves us and we in turn express our love through actions. His love compels us. His love urges us. We desire to respond to His love. This alone will free you from the bondage of works.