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This Sunday – April 11

“For the love of Christ compels us . . . . . . “

That has to be one of my favorite phrases in the whole Bible.

The apostle Paul is explaining what motivates him.  By the love of Christ he doesn’t mean his love for Christ, but the love that Christ had for us.

Some things I like about the statement:

  1. It’s not an intention.  It’s an explanation of his actions.  It’s not a wish about his life, but a description of what’s going on.   Don’t we like it when actions come first?
  2. It presupposes a deep experience with the love of Christ.  Paul’s responding to something that he received.  He has really tasted the love of Christ.
  3. It doesn’t sound like an obligation.  It has the momentum of great passion and desire, not the dread of ‘ought to.’
  4. It’s the best motivation of all.  I mean, what’s better than the love of Christ.

This first Sunday after Easter, we are going to celebrate the love of Christ.  I will be teaching out of this passage, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. 

Our lives pick up great speed and intensity when we have the best motivations.  And the whole world benefits as a result.

Get a taste this Sunday.