Pristine Grace

Constraining Love
II Corinthians 5:14-15
by Henry Mahan

"For the love of Christ Constraineth Us" II Corinthians 5:14-15

     All ministers of Christ and all believers in the Lord Jesus are under the strongest and most compelling constraint to do what they do and live as they live. They are motivated by "THE LOVE OF CHRIST"-His love for them and their love for Him! It is not the fear of hell, nor a desire for special rewards, nor to establish a righteousness that they engage in worship, works of faith, and labors of love. It is Christ's eternal love, which led Him to redeem them by His life and death, and the love of God for Christ and His church and kingdom which is shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. "All the law is fulfilled in one word– "LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER" (Gal. 5:14). It is unreasonable to suggest that an unworthy sinner, loved with an everlasting love, chosen in Christ, redeemed by His blood, and called with a holy, heavenly calling, would disregard the commandments of His Lord and live a selfish, selfcentered, and worldly life! "For the love of Christ constraineth us...that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again."