For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV
This is so amazing. Amazing because we who never knew God nor cared what sacrifice He made for us now know Him and He’s all we can think of. It’s even more amazing how Christ helps us to love Him.
Before we came to Christ, there was a certain way we thought of and looked at ourselves. We thought we cared about others but we only really cared about ourselves. We thought we could never forgive people if they crossed certain boundaries. Are we supposed to just love EVERYONE? No, we didn’t think so. We barely had enough time for everything we wanted to do so giving our time in service to God wasn’t even a conversation.
But the real us was just beneath all those lies because when the power of the saving grace of Christ reached us, it brought to life who we really are. God’s love inside of us is so powerful. It drives us in ways beyond human comprehension. It makes us do things we can’t find logical explanation for because it’s not the love of the world, it’s not superficial.
Sin stares us in the face and we just walk right past it without giving it any consideration because God’s love restrains us from sin. We are willing to give up pleasures just to be with Him, we could give our all just to see the kingdom of God established, we could reach out to people in love and care for them wholeheartedly, we can’t snap at people even when our body screams for that sort of reaction. It’s no longer about us but what Christ’s love is doing through us.
This love doesn’t leave you the same, it transforms you and gives you a new identity, old habits drop off you and your selfish ways of thinking is replaced with compassion. You could truly understand how rich your heart is towards God and towards people because the love of God has been shed abroad in your heart.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5 NIV