For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV)
The word constrain means “to grip tightly.” Paul was motivated by Christ’s love flowing through him. God’s love was the driving force that led him. It is the very power of living in godliness. I encourage people to focus on God more, not trying harder to overcome sin.
Many people are driven by fear instead of by affection for God. When fear comes, we need to respond with love. The freedom, power and pleasure of this is within the reach of every Christian, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the human Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours out God’s very affection into the human heart regardless of where we’ve been wounded or broken. It’s a supernatural activity that transcends the human heart.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5 KJV)
As we position our hearts to make love the first thing, we will be lovers before we are workers. We will be worshipers before we are warriors. Through Christ’s loving embrace, He will show us that we are to be a bride before we are an army. Make it a point to be driven by love.
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