Is the love of Christ to compel me? Or is the love of Christ to constrain me?
Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not) – the answer is both.
His love for me is to both compel and constrain!
I first came across this idea as a young Christian, when reading 2 Corinthians 5:14, which in part states in some translations, “For the love of Christ compels us…” and in others “For the love of Christ constraineth us…”
I wondered how His love could be what causes me to both do something (compel) and not do something (constrain). Now, I wonder how I could be compelled or constrained by anything but His love!
I remind myself – often – I do what I do because of the love of Christ and I don’t do what I don’t do because of the love of Christ!
Paul’s words written here, and the life he lived since the time he encountered Christ, have been described as a life “under the influence of Christ’s love.” (MacLaren)
The next time you wonder why you should or should not do something, recall these words of Paul. Perhaps you, too, will find that His love is the answer as you seek to live under its influence.
With this daily printable, we have the opportunity to be reminded of what love truly is, as defined and demonstrated by God Himself: “God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’” (Billy Graham)
Having reflected upon His amazing love, we will also be challenged to be conduits of His love.
Will you consider joining me in the printing of these 28 verses, each centered on the theme of God’s love for us or the love we are to have for others (one for each day of the month of February) to read, reflect upon, and make our prayer for ourselves and others? (Bonus verses are included!)
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