THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Mom, answering phone, “Hello.”
Son, “Hi Mom. How are you and Dad?”
Mom, “We’re fine, son. Glad you called. We were looking for you Saturday.”
Son, “Yes. Sorry Mom. I couldn’t make it. Did you have that chocolate cake made?”
Mom, “Yes. I did. But you missed it. Are you gonna come over this weekend?”
Son, “Well, no Mom, I’m kinda constrained right now.”
Mom, “I thought you were on vacation. When can you come see us?”
Son, “Just as soon as they let me out of jail!”
2 Cor 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
I’ve always been intrigued with that word “constraineth” here in the Bible.
It is translated from the Greek word sunecho (soon-ekh’-o), which means constrained or held in.
What is it that “constraineth” us Christians?
When God saw us constrained in the slavery of sin, He loved us enough to make a plan whereby we could be saved.
He loved us enough to pay the price of His own blood to make atonement for our sins.
He loved us enough to call to us by His Word, His Spirit, and other people.
He loved us enough to convict us of sin, and convince us of Jesus as our only salvation.
He loved us enough to accept us when we begged His forgiveness and surrendered to the Lordship of Christ in our lives.
And now, He loves us enough to constrain us to live for Him and not in the selfishness of sin!
Has He called you, forgiven you and saved you?
THINK how He LOVES you!
He loves you enough today to constrain you to share the good news of salvation with others!
I’d rather be wrapped up in the power of God’s amazing love, than loose in the slavery of sin!