Today’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14
“The love of Christ controls us.”
We must always keep focused on the Gospel. Horatius Bonar, nineteenth-century Scottish pastor and author, wrote: “The secret of a believer’s holy walk is his continual recurrence to the blood of the surety, and his daily [communion] with a crucified and risen Lord. All divine life, and all precious fruits of it, pardon, peace, and holiness, spring from the cross. All fancied sanctification which does not arise wholly from the blood of the cross is nothing better than Pharisaism. If we would be holy, we must get to the cross, and dwell there; else, notwithstanding all our labour, diligence, fasting, praying and good works, we shall be yet void of real sanctification, destitute of those humble, gracious tempers which accompany a clear view of the cross.
False ideas of holiness are common, not only among those who profess false religions, but among those who profess the true. The love of God to us, and our love to him, work together for producing holiness. Terror accomplishes no real obedience. Suspense brings forth no fruit unto holiness. No gloomy uncertainty as to God’s favour can subdue one lust, or correct our crookedness of will. But the free pardon of the cross uproots sin, and withers all its branches. Only the certainty of love, forgiving love, can do this.
Free and warm reception into the divine favour is the strongest of all motives in leading a man to seek conformity to him who has thus freely forgiven him all trespasses.”
Paul said the same thing very succinctly: “For Christ’s love compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14, NIV). To be compelled is to be highly motivated. We’re to be motivated by Christ’s love for us. And where do we learn of his love? Where do we hear him say, “I love you”? In the Gospel.
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges