The Love of Christ Compels Us

“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;” 2 Cor. 5:14

I used to think compel here meant: to use force to push forward; like an engine.

But actually, συνέχω (sunechó) means “to hold together; to constrain, to compress.”

Two interpretations arise, is it: Christ’s love for us, or our love for Christ? Knowing Paul, it’s probably the former.

Christ’s love for us compels us; it holds us together. It is the glue that keeps us from falling apart. We are welded to Him.

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