The Love that "Compels" us...
After studying 2 Corinthians 5 the last few weeks I am convicted about the way I live my life. Don't get me wrong I typically get up in the morning and start my day with prayer and a glass of water. I then move to the Word and spend a good bit of time reading pateintly listening to the text.
For the most part my devotional life is pretty good, of course we can always improve. John Owen and other Puritan writers spent 3 to 4 hours before sunrise reading and listening to the text. I am no John Owen that's for sure, but that was his race to run not mine.
What has convicted me is the word "compel"...Paul shared that the Love of Christ compels us to minister to others, or as coach Mike Tomlin might put it "to do what we do". This word compels tells me that the Love of Christ should over power me, take over my actions. Now do you see why the conviction entered into my life? Do my actions, thoughts, words, or tweets speak of the Love of Christ?
If not why? What am I going to do about it?
After this conviction smacked me around for a little while I decided to put some commitment to the conviction.
First, I have decided to strive to listen more, speak after processing as much as possible, I have found that I am really good at speaking and then regretting things that just came out.
Second, I am going to intentionally spend more time in prayer in the morning asking God to shape my actions, words, and communication.
Thirdly, I have made a commitment to not be content with just talking about sharing the Love of Christ with others, I really want to be active sharing the love of God to a lost world.
The Sermon Series "Love the Church" has the Love that Compels message that inspired this journey.
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