2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NASB)
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
I am not a Greek scholar, but I think the word “controls” may not be the most accurate word to use here. There are several other words used in it’s place in other translations of the Bible. Here are a few:
…constraineth, compels, hold, ruled by, drives, guides, persuaded, impels, puts into action, urges, controlling force, makes us…
My favorite word here is “compel”. It is incredible to see how we are changed and pressed by the love of God. When I am over and over seeing the love of God in action, I am compelled by the God who loves me to share that love with others.
Look deeper in those same verses. It is Christ that completed the needed sacrifice to make you and me right with God. That makes us right with God. We are changed by His grace and goodness.
Jesus’ death means that we no longer live for ourselves but for others. Jesus lived for others which is the overflow of His love. Jesus not only died and rose from the dead for our benefit, but Jesus was the gift of God is what changes everything. Faith, our faith is built on the gift of God based in His love found in the substitute that took our sin and our place of death.
God loves us. God provided Jesus for us so we can live life no just for ourselves. It is God’s love that keeps us motivated and strong. Nothing changes these facts, and there is more to come!
Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.