2 Corinthians 5:13-15 – The Love of God Constrains

2 Corinthians 5:13-15
13
For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

-We all have natural tendencies that run contrary to God’s will; it is an incredible thing that the love of Christ can so work in our hearts and spirits that it can literally alter our behavior.  Christ’s love can constrain us to forgive when we want to be bitter, offer help when we want to be selfish, and sow peace when we want to fight.  But consider Romans 9:22, “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:”  The Bible teaches that God is very willing to bring forth judgment and wrath on the much deserving human race, but instead He shows us mercy and longsuffering.  What’s more, He loves us so much that He sent His own Son to die for us (John 3:16).  The really incredible thing is not that God’s love can constrain a human being; it’s that God’s love can even constrain God.

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