If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:13-15
Last week, my son came down with the stomach bug at 3 in the morning. After multiple episodes, changing his sheets, clothes and cleaning him up, I found myself lying in his bed attempting to help him go to sleep. I was in a bed too small, lying on the side of the bed that still had residue from one of the episodes (we ran out of sheets) and my son was kicking me thinking he was playing a game. Did I mention it was 3am?
As I was laying there, I began to think that all I was experiencing, mainly the lack of sleep, was well worth it to show my son how much I love him. I love him enough to do the unthinkable. I love him enough to do the undesirable. I love him enough to do the uncomfortable.
It’s easy, however, to do what I did for my son. The question is, “Am I willing to do whatever is needed to show others that I love them?” Will I share my faith with those who don’t know Christ? Will I give up my time, money, and other resources to help those in need because of love? Will I do that which makes me uncomfortable to show love to those God places in my life?
I hope that I am never woken up by the cries of my son again. I hope I am never cleaning up the stomach bug at 4am. I hope I never have to sleep in my son’s bed again. But, if it does happen again…I will do it all over again, because… Love Compels. – Ernest Smith, Mount Pleasant Campus
Love compels us to do the unthinkable, the undesirable, the uncomfortable!
- Show love to someone today that may be out of the norm for you?
- Read 1 John 4:7-21