Compelled by Christ (2 Corinithians 5:14-15)

"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;" - 2 Corinthians 5:14

We have all died, because one died for all. Great news, and I believe it. Or rather, I have concluded it, but has it lead to the love of Christ controlling me?

Reading this I couldn't help but wonder what it would look like for the love of Christ to control me, or even more - a whole group of people (notice the "us" is plural). The Bible tells us the non-believers will know us by our love for one another. I imagine if we were controlled by the love of Christ then our actions would reflect love, and then it would be obvious to others.

"and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." - v 15

He dies so that we would live a life controlled by His love. Was it in vain? Sure, His death lead to our salvation, but did it also lead to us living a life controlled by love?

I want so badly to live a changed life, leading others to see the controlling love of Christ and have that lead to their salvation, and changed life.

If we really believe the kingdom is here in part, I think its time we start living like it. I think its time I start living like it. Allowing the love of Christ to compel me to live as he would have me.