I was reading a devotional this week that talked about compelling love. It touched my heart because it reminded me about God’s love for us. He loves us so much. Compelling love is a love that keeps on giving. The scripture used in the devotional was 1 Corinthians 16:14 (AMP), “Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].” This scripture is telling us to let love be the motivation behind everything we do. We love God because he first loved us. The things we do should not always be about our own selfish desires, but we should be concerned about our fellow man, just like God is concerned about us. We should love like God loves.
The word compelling means to have a powerful and irresistible effect or influence. God’s love for us should have a powerful effect on us. It should affect us so much that we want everyone to know about the love of God. It should compel us to show love in everything we do.
In 1 Corinthians 13 it talks about what love is. It talks about how love is the foundation of our Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 13:2 it talks about how you can have prophetic powers, understand all mysteries, and have faith, but if you do not have love you have nothing. Love is the foundation of our Christian faith.
God loved us so much he sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins. He loved us so much he was moved to action. He was compelled to do something. He knew we were having a hard time keeping his commandments and statutes. Remember the Israelites they always did something that caused them to fall out of favor with God. When we read the bible, we find many examples of people falling short and we see how mankind struggled to stay on the straight and narrow path. For example, David having a relationship with Bathsheba outside of marriage. There are many examples of mankind falling short and having to ask God for forgiveness.
Thank God for what Jesus accomplished on the cross, the redemption of all our sins. It used to be a time when man sinned, he had to go to the priest and make a sacrifice for redemption for his sins. Now all we need to do is fall on our knees and ask God for forgiveness, then our sins are forgiven. The priest use to be the intercessor between us and God. Now Jesus is the intercessor between us and God. He seats on the right hand of his father pleading every one of our cases.
Thank God for Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. Thank God for his compelling love. Thank him for his unconditional love. Every time we think about love, let us think about the cross and the blood shed for our sins. Let everything we do be motivated by love. Everyday show love to those around you. Let the love of God permeate and radiate from everything you do.