“The love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves — but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
If the love and power of Christ constrains us, we must be meditating and relying on Him and His death. This will cut off all self-confidence and lead us entirely to Him, that He may work everything in us and through us. O Lord, may Your love on the cross fire my frozen heart also, that I may now begin to love and praise You purely and fervently and to offer my whole life up to You as an entire sacrifice of love; that I may be willing to resign myself wholly into Your hands, trusting implicitly in Your Divine sovereignty and grace.
Reader, your zeal for Christ, your love to Christ, and your strength to do the will of Christ, will be just in proportion to your faith in Christ. Faith realizes the love of Jesus, yields the heart to Jesus, draws supplies from Jesus, and consecrates the entire person to Jesus. The love of Christ constrains us, just in proportion as we believe and realize it.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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