“Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2Cor.5:14-15
Compulsion as defined by an online dictionary is an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, esp. against one’s conscious wishes. To love Christ is not in the wish list of our conscious mind but is hidden in the depths of our soul and spirit, that long to know the one who has loved us with perfect love. The nature of our conscious mind is contrary to our spiritual nature. Bible says in Matthew 26:41 that spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The weak nature of the flesh is manifested more when we choose to lead a spirit filled life. The flesh remains calm and quiet as long as give our way to it, but as soon as a believer begins his journey on the spiritual path, the desire of the flesh raise its head to confront with the spirit generated truth.
The spirit and flesh are in constant battle and it’s natural for the flesh to emerge out as winner unless the flesh is being put in subjection to the word of God. The word was proclaimed by the spirit of God and is the only means to win the flesh-spirit battle. Mere listening to the word won’t produce any fruits unless the child of God experiences the underline power of the word and put it to work at the time of need. The one who lets the spirit take over his fleshly desires by deliberately letting the course of his actions be ascertained by the word of God (that is spirit) trains himself to lead a spiritual life. Moment by moment, we see ourselves turning into a new creation that feeds on the word of God.
Leading a spirit filled life doesn’t discourage our flesh not to exalt itself against the spirit. In fact, those who want to lead a spirit filled life deal with a daily struggle of flesh and spirit. With every battle, the spirit becomes much stronger but the flesh still retains its authority to discourage us if we fail. It’s during the course of this battle that the love of Christ helps us to overcome and retain our victory in Christ.
The compelling love of Christ convinces our inner being that Christ died for all. Our Biblical knowledge or intellect doesn’t play a role in the deep conviction that has the power to change us. We might know the Biblical facts intellectually but its the irresistible urge of Christ’ love that enables us to identify ourselves with Christ as the one who came, lived, died and resurrected for you and me.
Our knowledge can only tell us about Christ, But to know Christ as a person comes with the love of Christ. Knowledge can’t stand the test of time but love can for sure . As the spirit expresses his love through Paul in Romans 8, ” And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Let the love of Christ be the only compelling reason to make us deeply rooted in the truth that Christ died and resurrected. Let the love of Christ be the only reason for us to spread his gospel. Christ’s love is irresistible, experience it and you will never be the same again!