Saturday, December 19, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Constraining Love

Bible Reading: II Corinthians 5:14-21

Key Verse: Verse 14 – “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

Key Words: For the love of Christ constraineth us

Hudson Taylor was examining some young people who had volunteered for the mission field. He wanted to ascertain their qualifications for the arduous life toward which they were looking. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ, not having even heard of the One Name whereby the lost may be saved.” Others gave various answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, howsoever good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possibly death. There is but ONE MOTIVE which will sustain you in trial and testing, namely, ‘For the LOVE OF CHRIST constraineth us.’ (II Corinthians 5:14a).”

Thought: Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

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