“For the love of Christ Compels us”, this simple but profound phrase has made a big impact on my life. Isn’t funny that one can read a verse over and over for years, and one day out of the blue, something jumps out at you as if it was the first time reading it. That’s what happened to me when I stumbled across 2Cor. 5. I wrote a portion of it below:
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 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.
Therefore, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh, Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.(2cor. 5:14-19)
Ok, now let me sum that for you in my own words. Christ died for all our sins, and in doing so He gave us a new life that can only be found in Him. In fact, it says we are a new creation. It is Christ’s love that controls us. Now because of Christ’s love that is flowing through us, We can live in such a way that it brings others to Him. We are not only called to be reconciling others to Christ; we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors.
So, with that said, let the love of Jesus shine through you so much that others cannot help but take notice. I’ll end with the rest of 2 Cor. 5.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.