2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV) – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 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.
“The gospel is not just a mechanism for getting people saved. It is the announcement of a love that has changed the world, a love that therefore takes the people who find themselves loved like this and sends them off to live and work in a totally new way. The energy to get up and go on as a Christian, as one who works for the gospel comes not from a cold sense of duty, not from a fear of being punished if you don’t do your bit, but from the warm-hearted response of love to the love which has reached out, reached down, and reached you.” [Wright, N.T. Paul for Everyone 2 Corinthians, 62.]
The word “compel” connotes a strong force that thrusts us toward something we would not ordinarily do. It is also accompanied by a sense of urgency. We were called by God in love to live a life of love. We can live in this way because of Christ’s victorious work on the Cross! Let’s pray that today, Christ’s victorious love will permeate every part of our lives and compel us to love those around us!