My, Devotion to Him #218
Verse Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:14 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” – NIV
The word “compel,” means to constrain.
It may also mean restricted. Humans generally don’t like to be constrained. We rebel. We push back. We pick up arms and we fight. But if you take the time to look more closely how the word is used, I think you will discover just how freeing and amazing it can be.
As royal priest and mighty warriors for God we are compelled or constrained (stationed) under a banner. The banner of Judah. The banner of the Lamb. The banner of who God is.
Verse Passage: Song of Solomon 2:4 “Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.” – NIV
I believe nothing more effectually keeps ministers, or believers, in the work and service of their Lord, or more strongly obliges and constrains them to a cheerful and joyous discharge of their duty to Him, for Him, and for one another, than His love displayed in His covenant engagements, in His assumption of human nature, and particularly in His dying for them.
Today’s verse says the love of Christ is what compels us to live with the boundaries of God’s commands. It is a love so true and so intense that it cost Jesus His life. He became a sacrifice for our sins so we wouldn’t have to die. He took our punishment for us. Considering all that, loving Him back the way God wants us to is the very least we can do. We shouldn’t consider it a chore. An obligation, but one we feel privileged and eagerly wish to fulfill.
We should be on our knees thanking God for loving us enough to sacrifice it all for such an undeserving people. In Him death we were allowed to become dead to the law itself, it allowed us to die and separate ourself from sin. We can be born again and become a new creature. There is no fear of death. Because He died for us we are allowed to remain with Him forever in paradise.
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