The Compelling Love of Christ [Devotional]

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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 (2 Corinthians 5:14,15, NKJV).

There’s a common storyline that I’ve seen in movies and read in books. I’ve also come across real life examples, and my guess is that you have as well.

What is it?

The story goes like this:

One person saves another person’s life, and from there on out, the person rescued is indebted to the one who saved him.

That is essentially the message of this verse.

Christ’s love is so great for us that He died for us. He did so in spite of knowing all of the sins we would commit, and all of the times we’d reject His love for us.

His love compelled Him to die for us, and in turn, His death compels us to live for Him.

When we consider the great love God has for us, and His willingness to die in spite of His knowledge of how we’d reject Him, how can we not live for Him? How can we not be willing to sacrifice some of our own comfort, agenda, and desires?

Obviously, in the same way that the person saved in a natural sense can, over time, forget the sacrifice of their hero, we can also grow cold, or at the very least, forgetful about what God has done for us, and how He died so we can live.

So today this is simply a reminder to you that any sacrifice you may make as a result of being a Christian is small, compared to the sacrifice Christ made for you.

The love of Christ compelled Him to die for you. Will His death compel you to live for Him?

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Praying the Word

Father, thank You for your great love that compelled You to die for me. Help me to never forget the sacrifice You made for me, even though You knew I would reject You many times.

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Applying the Word

Take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. On one side, write the ways that you’ve had to sacrifice as a result of being a Christian. On the other side, jot down some of the ways that Jesus suffered as a result of your sins. Remember to include both His physical suffering, and other ways He suffered such as betrayal, mocking, and so on. The purpose of this exercise is to help put any hardships you’re facing into perspective.

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